Hunt on for ‘Robin Hai’, chief car smuggler and master of disguise

Hunt on for ‘Robin Hai’, chief car smuggler and master of disguise

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — He is the millionaire mastermind of an international car smuggling syndicate whose network spans across neighbouring countries and receives orders from the Middle East and Africa.He is  a master of disguise who thrives in the fast lane and has given the authorities the slip over the past six years.His syndicate is believed responsible for the theft of RM400 million worth of vehicles a year.

One of the longest manhunts continues with the help of Interpol for Nyo Ah Hai, 49, who has had several identities over the years.

He also goes by the name Robin Hai and his last known address is No 78, Jalan Pengkalan Rawa, Nibong Tebal, Penang.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department assistant director of criminal intelligence unit (D4) Abdul Manaf Abd Razak said police only have a picture of him taken in 2007. That picture was released to the media yesterday.

“Investigations revealed the suspect adopted different identities to avoid detection. We believe he is in a neighbouring country, living a luxurious life while he instructs his men to carry out the operations.

“Even if he had entered the country, we wouldn’t know because of his new identity.”

Abdul Manaf said Nyo’s syndicate was involved in almost 80 per cent of stolen four-wheel drives and MPVs, namely Toyota, in the country.

“We are trying to locate him and cripple the syndicate responsible for thefts worth about RM400 million a year.”

Abdul Manaf said the syndicate’s foreign counterparts would normally relay the type of vehicles they want. Nyo would then instruct his syndicate members to hunt, steal and conceal the wanted vehicles.

“Once they have the required number of cars, the vehicles are placed in containers. The syndicate would then forge the documents before exporting the vehicles by sea,” he said.

Abdul Manaf said many forwarding agents were also involved with the syndicate.

The stolen vehicles were shipped to the Middle East, Africa and East Asia.

This year, police recovered 10 vehicles believed stolen by Nyo’s syndicate in Johor and 20 more in Port Klang.

Stolen four-wheel drive vehicles are sold at between RM30,000 and RM40,000 while MPVs fetch between RM60,000 and RM70,000.

About 35 to 45 cars, 70 motorcycles and 12 vans are reported stolen daily.


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