The government has shed some light on why new APs were issued when previously it was decided that APs for tune-up cars shall not be issued.
Apparently, these APs are for cars already brought into the country and are sitting around taking up space at ports around the country. These cars were brought in by the importers and they just assumed they would be able to get APs for them, and the decision to stop issuing APs for tune-up cars took them by surprise.
In light of this, the special committee that handles AP approvals decided to issue APs specifically only for these cars, and not anymore new ones. Datuk Seri Najib assured after this no new APs would be issued. So now we know the special reason Pak Lah mentioned.
New Open APs and Wald APs issued