KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Feb 2017:

The locally-made Proton Wira recorded the highest private car theft at 854 units, a drop by 360 units from 2015.

“The Toyota Hilux recorded the highest foreign made car stolen at 624, an increase of 29 units from previously.”

General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM) chief executive officer Mark Lim yesterday said the industry recorded a decline of 20% in motor theft counts.

He said the number of stolen vehicles for all classes in 2016 amounted to 19,307, a reduction from 24,154 in 2015.

“We would like to commend the police, customs and other law-enforcement agencies for their steadfast commitment and collaborative efforts in working closely with the Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (VTREC).”

The VTREC is a multi-stakeholder organisation set up by PIAM to combat vehicle theft.

Besides that, the industry is also working on a Fraud Intelligence System (FIS), which uses advanced data analytics to detect and combat insurance fraud in the country.

Lim said the FIS would be deployed in phases and is targeted to go “live” in the third quarter of 2017.

Motor insurance claims which amounted to RM5.02 billion in 2016, has raised concerns within the general insurance industry, as it worked out to a staggering daily pay out of RM13.8 million.

Lim said road accidents often resulted in large claims involving death and injuries to motorists/ passengers, as well as severe losses in own and third party property damages.

“The motor insurance segment continued operating at a loss. Although it recorded a 5% decline in 2016, it was still over RM5 billion.

“This cannot be sustained over the long term because the insurance industry is indeed paying a huge amount in claims.”

During the media briefing on the full year 2016 industry results, he said the total paid out for motor insurance claims in 2015 was RM5.29 billion.

Meanwhile, in SARIKEI – barely a week after a fatal accident occurred at KM 20 Jalan Sarikei-Saratok in Sarawak – a student was killed along the same stretch of road yesterday.

In the latest incident, James Sigaya Douglas, 14, of SMK Sungai Paoh died on the spot while his friend Gait Jang, 17, was injured when the motorcycle they riding was involved in a hit-and-run accident with a Perodua Viva vehicle.

James was riding the motorcycle with Gait as the pillion rider on their way to school from their longhouse in Sungai Garu, Sebangkoi near here when the accident occurred at 6.30am.

Sarikei District Police chief Supt Mat Jusoh Muhammad said the accident occurred during a drizzle when the Perodua Viva – coming from the direction of Sarikei to Saratok – hit the motorcycle.

“The car registration number could not be ascertained and members of the public with any information on the incident are asked to contact the Sarikei IPD to assist in investigations.”

He said Gait and the body of James was sent to the Sarikei Hospital.

On Feb 18, a teacher Karim Sabli, 45, from Sekolah Kebangsaan Nanga Drau in Saratok died on the same stretch of road after the Toyota Wish vehicle he was driving lost control while negotiating a bend before hitting a trailer.

His wife Norhaiyati Hairiri, 42, who works in SK Ulu Sebetan, Saratok and their friend, Nazratul Syafinah Maimon, 26, were seriously injured in that 9.30am incident.

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