Following a reader’s letter to Utusan Malaysia claiming the presence of third parties or runners who are not Puspakom staff acting as middlemen to ensure that a given vehicle passes the inspection, Puspakom has released its written response.

In the statement, Puspakom said it hopes that the author of said letter could forward relevant information or proof of such occurrences to Puspakom itself or to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). The computerised vehicle inspection centre stressed that it has never endorsed the services of these third party personnel or runners, nor has it compromised the inspection of vehicles to set standards.

Puspakom also urged the public not to be duped into the ways of the runners, who claim to be able to guarantee that a vehicle passes the inspection for a fee. The inspections are carried out in accordance with the Road Transport Act 1987 and with the orders of the government enforcement agencies.

The inspection centre also stressed that a vehicle will fail its inspection if it is unsafe to drive or if it does not comply with set standards. In 2016, a total of 72,225 buses were inspected at Puspakom; out of those, 23,092 buses failed the inspection for not adhering to standards.

Meanwhile, in the routine inspection category, a total of 45,419 bus inspections were carried out and from that sum, 16,850 buses failed the inspection, and were required to undergo re-testing.

The statement adds that the inspections prove that Puspakom doesn’t just give approval to all vehicles which come through their doors for thorough inspection, and it is the responsibility of vehicle owners or drivers to ensure that the vehicle is serviced and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

The organisation also advised the public to report any suspicious activity, or if they have been offered a guaranteed inspection pass for a fee, to Puspakom at 03-20528989 or via email at whistleblower@puspakom.com.my.

The matter has caught the attention of transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who has asked the MACC to investigate the allegation of corrupt practices at Puspakom.