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Raids on smuggled luxury cars from Langkawi spark PAC scrutiny
BY THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
November 28, 2013
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has told the Royal Customs and Excise Department to look into the unusual volume of luxury cars being sold on the duty-free islands of Labuan and Langkawi after a number of such cars were seized elsewhere for unpaid duties and taxes.
The Malaysian Insider understands that the department has traced the luxury cars to several corporate leaders and top government aides, some of whom now owe millions in unpaid duties.
Some of the luxury cars were brought to the mainland using the G1M or Gagasan 1 Malaysia number plates to hide the fact that they were bought on the duty-free islands and can only be brought ashore for up to three months.
Newspaper reports last month revealed that Customs had seized 22 luxury cars registered on the duty-free islands of Langkawi and Labuan worth almost RM25.8 million, inclusive of unpaid duties and taxes.
The various models seized were 15 Ferraris, three Lamborghinis, a Bentley, a Rolls-Royce, a Porsche and a Nissan GTR 35.
Thursday October 24, 2013 MYT 9:27:22 AM
Customs Department seizes 22 luxury cars
KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities are not impressed with a group of owners of luxury sports cars like Ferrari and Lamboghini, found to have evaded Customs duties amounting to RM17mil.
A total of 22 such cars, valued at RM25.8mil, were confiscated by the Customs Department this month after officers found that the owners had breached Clause 21A of the Customs Duty Order (Exemption) 1988 for not paying the duties.
Under Clause 21A, vehicles bought on the islands of Langkawi or Labuan may not be kept away for more than a month each time, or for more than a total of 90 days a year.
Customs director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad said the cars were taken out of the duty-free islands for more than the allowed period.
“Their owners were not permanent residents of the islands, who are granted exemptions under the clause. Furthermore, the vehicles had been used in the mainland for over six months,” he told reporters here yesterday.
Read more: 22 luxury cars seized in Perak, Klang Valley – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/22-luxury-cars-seized-in-perak-klang-valley-1.383468#ixzz2luOsGP8H
IS THIS RELATED TO THE MURDER OF MR CLEAN?
MACC busts luxury car smugglers who were being probed by Customs’ Mr Clean when he was shot dead
Royal Malaysian Customs deputy director-general Datuk Shaharuddin Ibrahim (pic) was a year away from retirement when he was shot dead in his car by a motorcycle pillion rider who fired three shots that hit him in the neck and cheek.
His son, Akhtar Shaharuddin, told The Malaysian Insider recently that he believes his father’s death was linked to a car-smuggling syndicate based on the duty-free island of Langkawi in Kedah.
On Thursday, MACC detained a bank manager, her husband and another man who are believed to be smugglers of luxury cars. The arrest was also focused on fraud and money laundering.
MACC investigation director Datuk Mustafar Ali confirmed the arrest of the suspects, aged between 30 and 40, but would not reveal more details.