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Monday, April 05, 2010

Road Transport Department amendment to tighten rules for incoming foreign cars in Malaysia

RANTAU PANJANG: The regulations for foreign cars entering Malaysia will be tightened when the government amends the Road Transport Department Act 1987 soon.

Road Transport Department (JPJ) Director-General Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said Monday, that with the amendment, foreign cars entering the country for the first time would be compelled to register with JPJ's computerised database system.

He said the move was to enable the Malaysian authorities to detect any foreign car that violated the traffic laws in the country.

"The government is in the midst of drafting the amendment to enable tighter regulations be imposed to control the number of incoming foreign cars at the borders," he told reporters here after leading an operation to detect cars from Thailand which were abusing their travel permits.

He said the permit was issued to the enable villagers at the border to travel within two kilometres of Rantau Panjang-Sungai Golok here and JPJ would continue monitoring indefinitely to combat the abuse of the permits. - Bernama

Najib: Managing a diverse nation is a major challenge in Malaysia

On top of the challenge of managing the Malaysian economy today, managing a diverse society that is growing sophisticated and mature by the day is an added challenge, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. "Before this, the challenge may have been small but today, people are paying attention to matters such as conversion (of religion), marriage, deaths, divorce and issues arising from the use of the word Allah," he added on Monday.

He said for the country to move forward and for programmes and policies to succeed, there should be creativity and innovativeness in finding solutions, speedy execution of decisions, placing importance on outcome and ensuring value for money in government expenditure.

“These are our goals and the coming years will be about execution, implementation and delivery. In conjunction with the first anniversary of this government’s administration, I urge civil servants to remember the agenda, approaches and challenges that I have outlined today.

“It is our common responsibility to ensure the country prosper through the successful implementation of agendas, policies and programmes. Let us hope that Allah will give us blessing and guidance for us to carry out our responsibilities,” he said.