Suddenly, there is news circulating about people’s car getting sabotaged when they stop at PLUS rest areas. It is an old story. A few years ago, it was quite rampant and was reported on forums.
One of the tricks deployed by the crooks was to release air or stub the valve and your tyre will go flat when you drive.
They can also puncture your radiator from under the car and your car will soon overheat. A mechanic or tow truck will show up when you stop. He was following you.
The crooks will offer to repair your car or tow it away. Should it be towed, it will be held at ransom or at their mercy. It happened to a friend of mine. When he told the “mechanic” he has no money at the breakdown spot, the guy even drove him to an ATM.
I think many of the reported cases happened on the north bound side between Malacca and Seremban and usually at night. People stop to eat or go loo.
One trick was to pour diesel on your tyres. When they get heated up after driving, heavy smoke will come from the tyres. The panicking driver will pull over, straight into the trap. To be safe, don’t leave your car unattended. If you are alone how? Pee into a can or plastic bag.