Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad expressed his disappointment on the AP policy due to the fact that no change had been made although several abuses in it’s issuance has been exposed.
“I’m disappointed, that’s all I can say, what else can I say because the policy remains unchanged. Why is it that almost 80 per cent of the APs are still given to the same people, the people that we have censured, whereas the price of the vehicles brought into the country had been under-declared to pay less tax,” he was quoted to say after a public lecture at USM, Penang.
Back in July 2005, the Customs and Excise department identified 6 companies underdeclaring vehicle prices in order to avoid tax. They have since been slapped with a 30-38% Profit and General Expenses tax on 34 of their models. (Refer to this post) For an offense that could be interpreted as cheating the government of income, perhaps Tun Dr. M expected more drastic punishment like having their APs revoked.