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The Road Transport Department (JPJ) is set to devise a new system to stop syndicates selling cloned cars from June 1, according to a report by The Sun.

The new system, set to be integrated within the existing vehicle insurance system, is one of the ways to check on the total loss of vehicles that are cloned and sold on, according to JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad.

“The syndicate uses the records of these vehicles to be cloned. It is difficult to keep track on such vehicles as the syndicates use various kind of tactics including bringing (the vehicles) in through sea or containers,” the daily quoted him as saying.

It was reported recently that a syndicate has been luring people to buy cloned luxury cars online at prices three times lower than market value, and that these “good deals” have been ongoing for six months.

JPJ and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) have seized 153 of the vehicles valued at RM13 million at various locations in Terengganu. Some of the cars were brought in illegally from Singapore and had fake road tax. Cloned cars also typically have forged documents, chassis and engine numbers.

According to The Sun, eight owners so far from Terengganu and Klang Valley have surrendered their cars after the department had asked such buyers to come forward.