Malaysian car-smuggling syndicate busted by police; six vehicles recovered

Singapore and Malaysian police recovered six vehicles worth more than RM$480,000 (S$197,000) last Wednesday in a joint operation.

Acting on information received from the Royal Malaysian Police through Interpol, officers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) launched an operation at the Brani Terminal to intercept two containers which were en route to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

It was believed that a car-smuggling syndicate operating in Malaysia had been involved in the illegal trading of stolen Malaysian-registered vehicles and was using Singapore as transit for the stolen vehicles.

Six Toyota Hilux cars which had been shipped in two containers from Port Klang to Singapore, where they were unloaded to be shipped again to Jebel Ali, were recovered. Preliminary investigations indicate that the syndicate had falsely declared the contents of the containers to avoid detection. The Malaysian police have also arrested several syndicate members in Malaysia in connection to this case.