Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced earlier today, 13 September, that 12 Road Transport Department (JPJ) staff have been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for their suspected involvement in the sale of 'lesen terbang'
Sin Chew Daily reported Loke as saying that the 12 officers are from Perlis, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah, and Sarawak.
According to Malay Mail, the 12 included a deputy director, two assistant enforcement officer, two assistant enforcement chiefs, six enforcement assistants, and one administration assistant.
The officers allegedly sold 'lesen terbang' after abusing the conversion procedure of foreign driver's licenses
Sin Chew Daily reported Loke as saying that people who do not hold foreign driver's licenses managed to receive their local licenses through the conversion procedure.
It was also revealed that such license holders have never left Malaysia at all.
Loke also said that 'runners' from the syndicate had promoted the service on social media accounts. They then work with the JPJ branch officers on the issuance of 'lesen terbang'.
Sold for between RM2,000 and RM3,500, the 'lesen terbang' will then be delivered to clients by post.
"We have identified one JPJ branch office that was carrying out the license conversion. Thus, now we have decided that all license conversion can only be done at state JPJ offices," the Transport Minister added.
The Transport Ministry has also identified 14,000 holders of 'lesen terbang'
Loke then warned the 14,000 license holders to voluntarily give up their 'lesen terbang' within a month from today.
"Volunteer and come forward with the 'lesen terbang' that you bought. We have your details and the data. Our system has all the information of when, where and who, so it is not hard for us to reach you," the Transport Minister said today.
"Those who come forward will not have any action taken against them as they may be assisting the Ministry as witnesses," Loke added.
'Lesen terbang' has been sold at as low as RM300
mStar reported last year that there were also 'packages' offered for different types of driver's licenses.
A Class B2 (motorcycle not exceeding 250 cc) 'lesen terbang' costs RM500, while the RM599 '1Malayisa package' includes a Class B2 license and a Class D (motor car unladen weight not exceeding 3500 kilograms) license.
In other news, Loke revealed earlier this month that traffic offenses tripled after his Ministry cancelled all unpaid Automated Enforcement System (AES) summonses: