Police urge those with information or victims of Perak's haj scam to come forward

ZAHRATULHAYAT MAT ARIF


IPOH: Police urged those who have any information on the haj package scam offered by conmen under the name of the Perak Menteri Besar’s Office or those who have fallen victim to the scam to come forward and lodge a police report.

Perak Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Superintendent Lee Ewe Kiang in a statement today said that the report was crucial so that police could launch an investigation into the issue and take further action.

“We are taking this matter seriously and stern action will be taken according to the Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act for improper use of network facilities.

“We hope the public will not be deceived by the news, especially through the Whatsapp messenger application and other Internet networks. Any such news received should be referred to the relevant parties for confirmation,” he added.

It was reported on Sunday that a WhatsApp message, which has gone viral in the past few days, is offering haj packages worth RM39,500 that is said to be endorsed by the Menteri Besar’s Office.

Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir has denied his office’s involvement in the offer.

According to the Whatsapp message, which allegedly originated from the “Sahabat Pejabat Menteri Besar Perak” group, the haj package includes a stay at a five-star hotel for the duration of about 30 days.