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January 25, 2013

Public advised to be wary of 1Malaysia Licence scam

KOTA KINABALU: The public, especially youths have been advised to avoid falling prey to scams involving the 1Malaysia Licence (BL1M) scheme, Umno Youth Urban Affairs Secretariat (SHEB) chairman Tengku Azman Tengku Zainol Abidin said.

He said, SHEB as the governing body of BL1M, has so far received 27 cases involving the scam in Kedah, where members of the syndicate offered their services by manually distributing BL1M forms and collecting cash payments.

"We would like to stress that we have not appointed any individual agent and we do not do cash transactions. We only receive payment of RM199 through money order on behalf of MY E.G Services Bhd as the vendor to manage the programme," he told reporters here, today.

He said the secretariat targeted at least 35,000 applications from youths in Sabah, based on the response from the pre-registration, which saw 3,876 applications from the state.

He said, all 222 Parliamentary constituencies nationwide would carry out various promotions to attract applications from youths to apply for driving licences, to address the problem of unlicensed drivers in this country.

The programme, which is aimed to help 500,000 youths to obtain driving licence also offered motorcycle licence courses for B2 class, at a rate of RM199, which is 50 percent lower than normal price.

The BL1M is open to Malaysian citizens aged between 17 and 40 years and fees of RM199 imposed would cover for licence application, pictures, practical classes, computerised legal theory test and practical at the driving institute.

Members of the public who are interested could register at www.bl1m.my from today and those selected would be contacted after the programme was launched.  Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to launch the programme at the end of this month.
-- BERNAMA