SEREMBAN: The Road Transport Department here has uncovered a syndicate based in the Klang Valley which has been selling fake driving licences, claiming they were original and issued with the knowledge of the state RTD director.
The syndicate allegedly charged RM1,000 for each licence and the purchaser does not have to take any test required by the RTD.
To further convince buyers, the syndicate claimed that the licences were issued with the knowledge of the state RTD director, and that the purchaser's name would also be listed in the RTD database.
The syndicate members claimed to be "close friends" of the director.
However, their operations came to light when a woman became suspicious of her son's driving licence, which was obtained without having to go through any driving or written tests. The woman then contacted the state RTD to seek a clarification.
State RTD director Mohd Kamal Saad said he received a call from the woman last week, telling him what transpired and how her son got the fake licence.
"The woman told me the syndicate members said they were authorised agents and knew many senior RTD officers in the state.
"She said the syndicate members told her that her son would be called to go through his driving test in Negri Sembilan soon," he told the New Straits Times yesterday.
He said the woman became suspicious when her son was later given a driving licence without taking any driving or written tests.
"We then ran a check and the son's name was not in our database as alleged by the syndicate members.
"The licence that the syndicate issued was a fake."
Kamal said his officers were trained to differentiate between a genuine licence and a fake one.
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