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Police have nabbed a car cloning syndicate operating in the Klang Valley. In addition to that, six cloned cars have been found and seized as well during the takedown, according to the New Straits Times. The syndicate, comprised of a husband and wife team, had been kept under close surveillance by the police two weeks ago.

“At 1 am, a special enforcement unit helmed by Asst Superintendent Ahmad Ridha Hariri arrested the suspects at the parking lot of Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS),” said KL traffic chief Asst Commisioner Mohd Nadzri Hussain. It was further disclosed that the duo was in a Volvo S80 when the bust took place.

“Our investigation on the Volvo’s chassis number revealed that it had no record under the Road Transport Department (JPJ),” Mohd Nadzri disclosed. During the on-site investigation, the police found a set of keys in the wife’s handbag, each belonging to five unregistered cars, which were found later parked at the fifth and sixth floor of the public carpark of the TBS.

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The vehicles were a Toyota Vios, Toyota Wish, a Jaguar X-Type, an Audi A4 and a Mini Cooper. The seized cars were found with fake road tax stickers that closely resembled the real thing. According to the police, initial investigations revealed that the cars were smuggled in from Singapore through the Johor-Singapore Causeway (Tambak Johor).

Nadzri stated that the vehicles were to be sold locally at an extremely low price compared to the actual market rate. “The Audi A4, for instance, would be priced between RM8,000 and RM10,000,” he said. The case is currently being investigated under Section 108 of the Road Transport Act 1987, Section 7 of the Road Transport Act and Section 135 of the Customs Act 1967.

The JPJ has previously said that it was planning a crackdown on cloned car syndicates. Among the methods employed will be the use of smartcode radio frequency identification tag embedded in road tax stickers as well as the implementation of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP), which will require all vehicles coming in and out of Singapore, to be registered.