Published: Thursday March 21, 2013 MYT 2:58:00 PM
Updated: Thursday March 21, 2013 MYT 3:40:23 PM
Hundreds of used cars from Langkawi seized over unpaid taxes
By PATRICK LEE
KUALA LUMPUR: Hundreds of used cars from Langkawi sold here have been seized by Customs over unpaid taxes even though all the paperwork and documents are in order.
Insurance agent Chong Kam Soon, 36, found out the hard way when his Honda Stream was towed by Customs officials in February this year.
"They told me that I didn't pay the tax for my car, and took it away," he told reporters at Wisma MCA on Thursday.
Chong was puzzled by this, adding that he was approved for a RM130,000 loan on the car and was servicing it for the past 18 months.
Chong was accompanied by more than a dozen used car dealers, who claimed that over 300 cars in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, had been taken by the authorities over unpaid taxes.
MCA Public Complaints Bureau chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong said that the dealers did not know where things went wrong.
"The victims (say) they have the documents, cards, Road Transport Department (JPJ) approval and bank loans," he said.
But this did not stop the officials from taking away customers' cars, he added.