Scrap Military Vehicles Used
to Register Smuggled cars (21 Jul
MALAYSIA - In a scam that allowed smuggled and stolen vehicles
from neighbouring countries to ply Malaysian roads, some officials
allegedly assigned to them the registration particulars from scores
of government military vehicles meant for the scrap heap or the
The discovery was made after police found the registration details
of the military vehicles to be linked to cars and four-wheel-drives
which the military never owned.
The military vehicles, mostly trucks and Land Rovers, were auctioned
off or sold as scrap metal by the Ministry of Defence under government
procedures, revealed the Federal Criminal Investigation Department.
The particulars of these vehicles were then used to register
stolen and smuggled vehicles from neighbouring countries in an
attempt to make it appear that they were the vehicles tendered
out by the Defence Ministry and converted to private use.
Officers are contacting Interpol in Singapore and Brunei to check
if any of the tampered chassis or engine numbers belonged to vehicles