Keeping a Malaysian registered car?

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Keeping a Malaysian registered car?

Post by Secondwind » Sat, 01 Feb 2014 8:03 pm

I am American and moving to SG in a few months from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. I have a 2005 car that I would like to bring over. I'll be living and working in SG on a work visa for several years. It seems there is a grey area when it comes to Malaysian owned cars residing in SG. I was under the impression I could keep it registered in Malaysia by driving across the border when necessary for taxes / insurance. I would really appreciate anyone's insight, especially if you know of any loopholes as to the typical responses. I.e. no cars over 3 years old, huge import taxes, etc.
Much appreciated.

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Post by PNGMK » Sat, 01 Feb 2014 8:23 pm

Yes and no.... legally if you're resident in Singapore (i.e. on work pass, employment pass, P1/P2/PR etc) you cannot drive a Malaysian registered car in Singapore.

However I have known of one guy who seems to have done it..... he's been on some sort of long term pass (LTVP maybe?) and seems to have been able to go in and out ok BUT also had a Malaysian work permit.

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Post by scarbowl » Sat, 01 Feb 2014 9:23 pm

Recommend against it. You may think this will save you a few bucks but you'll pay big if you get caught. This isn't a "grey zone" at all by Singapore standards.

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Post by PNGMK » Sat, 01 Feb 2014 11:09 pm

scarbowl wrote:Recommend against it. You may think this will save you a few bucks but you'll pay big if you get caught. This isn't a "grey zone" at all by Singapore standards.
I agree. It wasn't that many years back that MY registered cars were not even allowed to remain over night or over a certain period of time... in fact come to think of it I think the rule still exists...

I had a hawker neighbour who used to park his MY car in our condo for weeks at a time.... and then it disappeared.... and he looked pissed.

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Post by JR8 » Sun, 02 Feb 2014 5:08 am

Does this answer it?
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Who is allowed to use and keep a foreign-registered vehicle?

You are not allowed to use or keep any foreign-registered vehicles in Singapore if you are a:
-Singapore Citizen
-Singapore Permanent Resident (PR)
-Resident of Singapore
-Long Term Visit Pass Holder or Dependant Pass Holder
-Work Pass Holder who is also a resident of Singapore
-Student Pass Holder
-Training Employment Pass or Work Holiday Pass
http://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en ... ycles.html

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Post by Secondwind » Sun, 02 Feb 2014 11:31 am

Okay thanks guys. Looks like I'll sell my beloved BMW. Damn! :-)

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Post by the lynx » Wed, 05 Feb 2014 2:47 pm

Eh, I used to think Malaysian-owned vehicles can be used in Singapore if the EP holder resides in Johor (as long as he is not a PR). Or is that only for Malaysian citizens?

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Post by PNGMK » Wed, 05 Feb 2014 3:14 pm

the lynx wrote:Eh, I used to think Malaysian-owned vehicles can be used in Singapore if the EP holder resides in Johor (as long as he is not a PR). Or is that only for Malaysian citizens?
The key word is "resident". If he is an WP/EP holder and commutes across and ICA/MOM have his home address as JB or MY then it's no problem. Thousands of motorcyclists do it I believe.

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Post by thecookieguy » Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:39 pm

its not allowed!!

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Post by PNGMK » Mon, 21 Apr 2014 6:59 am

thecookieguy wrote:its not allowed!!
Citation or half assed opinion?

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