The Puspakom vehicle inspection monopoly first signed in 1994 for 15 years has been renewed for another 15 years even before it expires next year. The renewal was made on February 14th 2007 despite 392 public complaints lodged against Puspakom from 2001 to 2007, of which the bulk comprise of allegations of corruption.
The Road Transport Department has also given Puspakom a show-cause letter to explain why some vehicles were checked manually despite computerised inspection facilities. If I am correct, computerised inspection print-outs are difficult, if not impossible to tamper with, while manual inspections are easier to “influence”. In the case that there the computerised inspection equipment was faulty, Puspakom was asked to explain why there were no reports filed on faulty equipment.
The show-cause letter also asked Puspakom to explain why certain officers took a long time to complete inspections. According to DAP MP Bukit Mertajam Chong Eng in the Dewan Rakyat, there were allegations that many consumers were forced to pay bribes in order to get their inspections approved faster (see source 3).