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'Lesen terbang' motorists have one month to surrender licences
Published on: Friday, September 14, 2018

PUTRAJAYA: A total of 14,000 "lessen terbang" motorists have one month from Thursday to surrender their illegally–obtained licences at any state Road Transport Department (RTD) Integrity Unit or risked being tracked down by the authorities, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook.

He said the information on "lesen terbang" was uncovered after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained 12 RTD officers and personnel from Perlis, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah and Sarawak which began on Sept 4.

"Lesen terbang" refers to licences obtained illegally by making a payment and without sitting for the written and practical tests.

"The RTD has detailed information on the identity of the "lessen terbang" motorists, RTD officers involved and its branch offices that issued the licences," he said in a press conference at his ministry here today.

He said the modus operandi to issue "lessen terbang" was using RTD's system for the conversion procedure for foreign drivers to key in fake information and produce the illegal licences.

"The licence is sold between RM2,000 and RM3,500 via advertisement on social sites where the buyer only has to make payment and the licence will be delivered to them," he said adding that there were also foreigners who obtained "lessen terbang" with a majority involving Chinese nationals.

Loke said as a step to improve and curb "lesen terbang" phenomenon the RTD would fine-tune the conversion method of foreign driving licence to Malaysian driving licence as well as to consider the recognition method of foreign driving licences.– Bernama

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