‘DATUK’ NABBED FOR AL­LEGED SALE OF PERAK ROYAL MEDALS

He held ‘in­vesti­ture’ for 95 peo­ple

New Straits Times - - News - EMBUN MAJID ALOR STAR embun.majid@nst.com.my

KEDAH po­lice ar­rested a man, who claimed to be a “Datuk”, for al­legedly sell­ing fake Perak royal medals at a hotel here yes­ter­day. The man, in his 50s, was de­tained for or­gan­is­ing an “in­vesti­ture” to con­fer “Pin­gat Se­tia Raja dan Ne­gara” (PSRN) medals on 95 peo­ple.

It was learnt that the man sold the awards for RM5,000 each, and was be­hind an “in­vesti­ture” in Perak last year.

Sev­eral very im­por­tant per­sons (VIPs), in­clud­ing a man said to be a royal, had at­tended the event, held from 8am to noon.

Kedah po­lice chief Datuk Asri Yu­soff said the cer­e­mony was of­fi­ci­ated by a VIP who was told to award the medals on be­half of his el­der brother. How­ever, Asri said the VIP claimed he did not know any­thing about the al­leged scam by the “Datuk”.

Asri said, act­ing on a tip-off, a po­lice team went to the hotel at 1.30pm and ar­rested the “Datuk”.

He said po­lice seized 65 pieces of sashes, 66 medals and sou­venir tro­phies from the or­gan­iser, but de­clined to di­vulge more de­tails.

On the ori­gin of the pur­ported royal mem­ber, he said the man was from “one of the states in the north”.

Asri said 200 peo­ple at­tended the in­vesti­ture, in­clud­ing the 95 re­cip­i­ents, mostly busi­ness­men and pen­sion­ers, aged be­tween 30 and 60.

“An in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that for ev­ery medal, the re­cip­i­ent was asked to de­posit RM5,000 into a bank ac­count be­long­ing to a Perak-based vol­un­teer as­so­ci­a­tion, as a mem­ber­ship fee,” he said yes­ter­day.

Asri said no as­so­ci­a­tion was en­ti­tled to award any medal re­sem­bling those is­sued by the palace.

“The medal does not carry any ti­tle but the re­cip­i­ents were promised spe­cial priv­i­leges when they ap­plied for pro­jects from a cer­tain state gov­ern­ment.”

Asri said the “Datuk” had or­gan­ised sim­i­lar cer­e­monies to con­fer awards in the state con­cerned last year, but it was foiled by the po­lice.

“This time, they tried their luck in Kedah, but we busted them.”

He said po­lice had clas­si­fied the case un­der Sec­tion 419 of the Pe­nal Code for cheat­ing by im­per­son­ation, which car­ries a seven-year im­pris­on­ment or fine, or both, if con­victed.

Last year, a busi­ness­man in Jo­hor had re­port­edly lodged a re­port af­ter he and other busi­ness­men were cheated of RM1.5 mil­lion to buy fake “Datuk” and “Datuk Seri” ti­tles from Perak.

PIC BY SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM

Kedah po­lice chief Datuk Asri Yu­soff (sec­ond from right) with sashes, medals and sou­venir tro­phies seized from the or­gan­iser.

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