KUALA LUMPUR: A “Datuk” who claims he can settle sensitive commercial crime cases, such as the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC)issue, has been arrested.
The Datuk, who is said to be well-known and had duped numerous people, was detained on Wednesday when he tried to bribe several commercial crimes investigations department (CCID) officers with about RM1.7mil to avert arrest.
Sources said the man had also conned those desperate to hire maids, claiming he had “inside connections” to get cheaper maids faster.
They said the CCID officers were looking into his claims that he could “settle” the NFC investigations.
“CCID officers are checking if his datukship is genuine, how many people he had conned and how much he has made over the years,” one source said.
“Although he is not directly involved with the NFC, the CCID officers want to probe what his link or role in the on-going investigation is.”
CCID director Commissioner Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said the Datuk, who owns a foreign worker agency and a taxi company, was nabbed at the Federal CCID headquarters in Bukit Perdana at about 4pm yesterday.
Comm Syed Ismail said three weeks ago, the Datuk was arrested over a cheating case in Cheras and was released on bail.
“He is also wanted to help in another cheating case in Bercham, Ipoh.”
Asked if the Datuk was related to a serving minister or if he was linked to the NFC scandal, Comm Syed Ismail said: “I don't have to tell you his name, but I am sure you all know and can decide whether they are related.”
The Datuk was held overnight at the Bukit Jalil police station's temporary detention centre before being handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday.
Comm Syed Ismail stressed that no one had been arrested in connection with the NFC case and that investigations were on-going.
Issues on the NFC cropped up following the Auditor-General's Report 2010 in October which stated that the NFC had failed to fulfil the target of its formation, while the Opposition claimed there were misappropriation in the management of its funds. - theStarOnline