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The activities of car cloning syndicates has cost the government RM30 million in lost taxes, according to the Road Transport Department (JPJ). The department estimated that around 2,000 cloned cars had been brought into the country, mostly from Singapore, Bernama reports.

“Most of the cloned cars were brought in from Singapore, which has an expiry policy for vehicles every five years and the syndicate is using that opportunity to produce cloned cars. Because of this, the country has lost about RM30 million this year as the syndicate has been able to avoid paying taxes and also falsified documents for the vehicles,” JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said.

He said the the department will be using the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system, which will register all foreign cars entering the country’s gateways, next year to curb the growing issue. He also reminded the public that these cars do not have insurance coverage and as such represent a danger to both owner and other road users.

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He added that the department had been mounting operations to weed out cloned cars and had obtained significant results. “A total of 371 cloned vehicles of various makes were confiscated since the operations began in November last year, while two syndicate members were also detained,” he said.

Another news report stated that of this number, Terengganu registered the highest number of cloned cars with 166, 88 of which were Honda Jazz models.