IGP: Malaysia-Thai police collaboration decreased car smuggling activities significantly

MAIA said remove restrictions on car warranties would give owners more options when it comes to servicing their cars and also create healthy competition between authorised workshops and independent ones. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 ― Continuous effort between Malaysian and Thailand authorities has yield significant results against transborder car smuggling activities.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said analysis showed that such activities have decreased by about 40 per cent last year compared to 2016.

“These joint operation efforts between our Thai counterparts are conducted annually to combat such activities effectively,” he said.

This comes after Malaysian police received 20 stolen luxury cars bearing Malaysian number plates that were seized by the Thai authorities on Tuesday.

Bernama recently quoted Federal Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd saying Thailand was a transit point for car smuggling syndicates in Malaysia before making its way to neighbouring countries in the region.

He said the Royal Thai Police (RTP) have since confiscated at least 100 cars and handed over to PDRM since 2015.

In a statement issued by RTP, it said the issue of vehicle theft has been plaguing the economies of both countries for far too long.

“Our leaders have always stressed the importance of addressing the issue as they have the potential open up paths to other criminal activities that can fund violent crimes,” it said.