Trailer owner gets helping hand

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Trailer owner gets helping hand

Postby admin » Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:01 am

PETALING JAYA: Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat will look into why the Road Transport Department (JPJ) took such a long time to release S. Sanga Pillai’s trailer, which they held for nine months.

“I will look into his complaints. Justice must prevail,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

Sanga’s woes began last July when JPJ officers confiscated his roadworthy 14-wheeler trailer as they suspected that the vehicle’s chassis number had been tampered with.

He said a test was done and his trailer was cleared of all charges by the Chemistry Department, but JPJ continued holding his trailer and conducted a second chemistry test on the chassis, only releasing it in February this year.

“It was in a terrible condition due to lack of maintenance,” Sanga said, adding that ironically, his trailer had passed a Puspakom test in June 2007.

Following the incident, Sanga, who had driven the vehicle for the past eight years, could not earn a living and resorted to borrowing from loan sharks, incurring debts of up to RM30,000.

He then turned to MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Michael Chong, who brought the matter up with Ong on Thursday.

Among those present to brief the affected parties were the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Zakaria Bahari and JPJ director-general Datuk Ahmad Mustapha Abdul Rashid.

Ahmad Mustapha explained that the Chemistry Department tests showed the trailer’s chassis number had indeed been tampered with, and its original chassis number showed that the trailer belonged to one Ong Ah Leak from Taiping, Perak.

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