Malaysians snapping up cloned cars from syndicates, 33 owners arrested
Police say some buyers are unaware that they’re getting fake vehicles
By Faisal Asyraf
Between mid-2015 and end-2016, police in Malaysia arrested 33 owners of cars allegedly bought and imported from cloning syndicates – although the syndicate members are still at large.
The owners, aged between 25 and 40, were arrested in the Dang Wangi district as part of ‘Ops Lejang’, which is ongoing.
Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Sukri Kaman said the cars, which were brought in from neighbouring countries, include Honda Odysseys, BMWs, and Mini Coopers. They were sold for between RM30,000 (US$6,764)and RM50,000 (US$11,273).
“The cars were brought into Malaysia before their road tax expired in their respective countries. Here, the syndicate forged the road tax before selling them to locals,” he said.
Sukri said investigations revealed that some buyers knew they were buying cloned cars, while other were simply gullible.
He added that the buyers found out about the cars through online promotions, as well as recommendations from friends.
Police in Malaysia are urging the public to be alert about deals which seem too good to be true, and to check with respective agencies before buying imported cars from a third party.