Rampant Macau Scam raised suspicion

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Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Datuk Seri Azam Baki. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 11 AUGUST 2020.
Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Datuk Seri Azam Baki.PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 11 AUGUST 2020.

KUALA LUMPUR – Suspicious with the rampant Macau Scam without enforcement, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had investigated further and arrested several individuals including enforcers.

Chief Commissioner of MACC, Datuk Seri Azam Baki revealed that the investigation was kick-started as the commission believed that Maca Scam has been operating for several years.

Following that, the MACC crippled the assets and accounts involved in money-laundering.

Those involved in the scam will be charged with their assets and money confiscated and forfeited.

“We have arrested 11 local citizens and one Chinese national to further assist into the case.

“The arrest also involved the arrest of eight enforcers believed to be involved and provided protection to the scam. The scammers were protected from being investigated as the enforcers allowed the cases to carry on.

“MACC also seized 730 bank accounts involving RM80 million and about RM5million in cash and 23 luxury cars. Among the luxury cars were Mustang, Porshe, Rolls Royce, GTR, Bently, Lamborghini and motocycles,” he said during an interview with MACC.FM today.

The case is investigated under Section 16 and 17 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009, the Penal Code and Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA).

Azam also denied that the MACC only targeted the celebrities but everyone involved in the case.

Therefore, he urged individuals who were involved in Macau Scam or obtained money from ‘laundering’ to come forward and assist into the investigation.

He said that it would be better for them to come forward voluntarily than to be summoned by the commission.

“The MACC has the full name list of those involved in getting money from the scam.

“The scam involved many people. People who felt that they have received money from anyone arrested by the MACC should contact MACC immediately.

“I guarantee that they would become the witnesses if they cooperate. They would be protected under the Witness Protection Act 2010,” he said admitting that the investigation on the case is very complicated.

He believed that the scam had opened hundreds of dummy companies so that they can siphon the illegal proceeds.

After committing a crime, they need to clean their money. From here, they channel the money to various quarters and to business owners.

“Business owners may not know that they have been given cash but the members of the syndicate will hold these companies under certain circumstances to ensure that they get their returns,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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