Tanjung Kupang police station in Johor, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

Seven foreign men have been arrested and 41 stolen motorbikes seized by police on Malaysia in an ongoing crackdown on a syndicate that steals and resells bikes.

The motorbike theft syndicate was active in the Tanjung Kupang area, where they resell the bikes for between 1,000 and 3,000 ringgit.

The syndicate, known as Wan Joy, was identified by police for being responsible for an increasing number of motorcycle thefts in the Iskandar Puteri district, the Guang Ming Daily (Malaysia) reported, citing Iskandar Puteri District Police Chief Dzulkhairi Muktar.

A special task force was set up at the beginning of 2018 to combat motorbike thefts in the area.

Between March and September, six men from Bangladesh, two Indonesians and one Myanmar national were arrested for allegedly stealing 41 motorcycles, which police said they intended to sell to migrant construction workers in the Tanjung Kupang area.

In February, Iskandar Puteri District Police nabbed six local men and three Bangladeshi nationals with 15 motorcycles. The cases were being investigated under Section 379A of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of not less than one year and not more than seven years, and a fine, or both.