SOCSO corporate affairs general manager Mohd Rashidan Ahmad has advised Indians to be wary of bogus officers Datuk Bala and Datuk Rajendran who say they can help to expedite their claims and benefits, said a report in Malaysia Nanban.
He told estate workers to be aware of the scam as they were often the victims.
He said Socso had not appointed any outsiders to attend to the problems of its members and asked them to consult or seek advice at Socso branches throughout the country to resolve their problems.
In an exclusive interview with the daily, Mohd Rashidan said Socso had earlier received several complaints from the public that someone known as Datuk Bala had cheated many Socso members by giving empty promises.
He said Socso has received complaints that someone known as Datuk Rajendran was also doing the same thing.
He added that Socso did not have officers with the two names.
Mohd Rashidan said a woman from Teluk Intan called the headquarters in Petaling Jaya on Sept 30 and asked whether there was anyone by the name of Datuk Rajendran.
The woman said the man met her mother who was a Socso member and a pensioner to ask for RM3,500 to obtain a housing loan from Socso.
He said Socso did not have a housing loan scheme and did not send its officers to members' homes.
Mohd Rashidan advised members to immediately alert the nearest Socso branch if such proposals were made to them.
Tamil Nesan and Malaysia Nanban front-paged the story of a 12-year-old girl in Jarkand, India, who was reported to be discharging small pieces of stones from her ears, nose and eyes.
The dailies said P. Savithri's parents referred her to doctors who were baffled by her condition.
An ear, nose and eye specialist said he had treated patients who discharge stones from the nose and ears but added that such cases were rare.