KUALA LUMPUR – The police will not easily let Addy Kada and the syndicate members related to Macau Scam go. On the contrary, thorough investigation against them will be conducted.
The Director of Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department, Datuk Huzir Mohamed said that early investigation found that the syndicate members master minded by Addy Kana were focussed on handling the Macau Scam international centre which promoted online gambling and to trick victims into making foreign exchange (Forex) investments.
He said, Addy Kana and another individual who is still at large were the coordinators and agents in providing residential rental, logistics facilities and Internet technology.
The arrest of three men including Addy Kana after being released by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was made under Section 4(1) of the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 1959 for 21 days and an application for a further remand of 38 days will also be made under Section 4(2)(a) of the same act.
According to Huzir, although Addy Kana had indirect involvement in the syndicate, it is an offence as the syndicate is also involved in illegal investment.
“Following the arrest of Addy Kana’s syndicate gang by the MACC and PDRM, the Criminal Investigation Department had launched operations related to Macau Scam last Saturday. 12 raids were made around the Klang Valley including Cheras and Kajang.
“We have successfully raided several premises believed to be the Call Centres and arrested 138 individuals.
“From the amount of the suspects of the illegal investment activities, 95 were Chinese nationals, 43 were locals thus we have successfully toppled the Call Centre syndicate operating in the Klang Valley. Meanwhile, we are also doubling our efforts,” he said.
In the latest arrest in Cheras, the D7 of Bukit Aman CID had toppled a Macau Scam and Cryptocurrency syndicate which also promotes prostitution using QQ, WeChat and Wei Bo targeting investors from China. The police also seized RM2.5 million in cash.
According to him, the police planned to press charges on 55 suspects under the Common Gaming Houses Act 1959. Meanwhile, the police will take actions against the remaining 85 suspects under POCA.
He also confessed that the Chinese government’s action in criminalising the activity holistically in China had forced the syndicate to change shift their operation to a new venue. Besides that, the communications network and internet technology advancement in Malaysia also encouraged them to move their operations to this country.
“The Visa on Arrival (VOA) in the country and using Mandarin as the communication platform between the Chinese nationals and the local Chinese community also enabled the Macau Scam to operate here comfortably.
“We will suggest to the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (MCMC) to ban WeChat and Wei Bo as one of the ways to block Macau Scam,” he said.
Huzir also emphasized that the Macau Scam Call Centre has international and local operation. The syndicate operating in Malaysia is mainly operated by Chinese nationals who speak in Mandarin and Indonesian.
He said, the syndicate members who cannot speak in Bahasa Melayu appoint coordinators for house rental, logistics facility etcetera to mobilise their illegal operation using Mandarin and Indonesian language and foreign currency.
He also said that Addy Kana has criminal history and was arrested under the Emergency Ordinance for robbing.
“He was arrested in heavy robbery. As of now, we have not spotted any involvement of politicians but we will investigate thoroughly and reveal his mystery,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette