The Royal Customs of Malaysia confiscated 37 Wald-branded cars belonging to Amazing Tempo Sdn Bhd last week at Teluk Intan. The cars included Wald-badged Toyota Harriers and Volkswagen Touareg SUVs.
Amazing Tempo Sdn Bhd belongs to Tunku Datuk Zainol Tengku Izham and Ramzia Arshad and was issued 2025 APs this year. MITI has halted the issuance of APs to Amazing Tempo Sdn Bhd because of non-compliance.
The question we asked when I blogged about this previously is, why did MITI stop issuing APs to Wald? Why have the cars been confiscated? Has Amazing Tempo Sdn Bhd been made a scapegoat?
A Berita Harian article tells us the answer.
Katanya, kebanyakan kenderaan itu diisytihar kepada pihak kastam berharga RM11,000 seunit, iaitu hanya 13 peratus daripada duti import sedangkan di pasaran ia dijual melebihi RM100,000 seunit.
Turut dirampas ialah kenderaan model Harrier dan Touareg yang sudah diubah suai menjadi Wald.
“Duti import yang cuba dielakkan lebih daripada RM2 juta. Semua kenderaan yang dirampas kini disimpan di gudang KDRM di Teluk Intan, Perak sementara menunggu siasatan lanjut.
“Malah kes ini juga sedang disiasat oleh Badan Pencegah Rasuah (BPR),” katanya ketika dihubungi Berita Minggu, semalam.
There we have it. I have been drooling over the Wald-imported Volkswagen Golf GTI but my heart sank at the price tag exceeding RM200,000. Cars at a selling price of over RM100,000 being declared worth only RM11,000 per unit in order to evade tax.
I end this with a quote from Amazing Tempo Sdn Bhd’s press statement on the matter.
While we find this a bitter pill to swallow, especially since we are only 10 months old, Amazing Tempo prides itself on conducting its business with the highest levels of ethics. We continuously strive to adhere to all relevant rules and regulations governing the automotive trade, and we will continue to do so. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support and understanding.
One thing though… it seems the government has double standards when it comes to actions taken against AP cheaters. I blogged about a list of identified AP cheaters who underdeclared their cars before, and they only got slapped with a 30-38 percent PGE fine which caused their cars to be more expensive. But with Amazing Tempo Sdn Bhd, they stop getting APs and have to go out of business.
Of course, as quoted from the ministry source in the Berita Harian article, we’re still waiting for siasatan lanjut, so keep your fingers crossed for the final outcome.