34 luxury cars and bikes seized

PUTRAJAYA - Twenty-eight luxury cars and six high-powered motorcycles, with unpaid taxes amounting to about RM2.3mil (S$0.9mil), have been seized in a crackdown on untaxed vehicles in Perak this year.

"The vehicles were smuggled in from neighbouring countries and sold at 45 per cent below the market price," Customs director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad told a press conference here yesterday.

Among the impounded cars are Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, BMW and Mini Cooper models while the high-powered motorcycles included Ducati and Yamaha models.

Khazali said 13 car owners were detained in connection with the seizures, but they had since been released on bail.

He added that further investigations would reveal whether any middleman or syndicate was involved.

"Those caught with untaxed vehicles have to settle the unpaid duties to get the vehicles back," said Khazali.

In another development, a man in his 30s was detained for attempting to smuggle RM1.8mil worth of rice into the country via Port Klang on Nov 1.

"In so doing, the culprits have evaded paying import taxes amounting to RM720,000," said Khazali, adding that his enforcement team was now looking for the suspect's accomplices.

On the same day, police arrested a foreigner, believed to be in his 30s, for smuggling firearms into the country.

The suspect is under police remand until Nov 15.