GEORGE TOWN: Police have picked up three female clerks from the Batu Ferringhi Post Office that was overrun by angry customers on Wednesday morning accusing the office of fraudulent activities.
The number of police reports lodged by homeowners against the post office has risen to 19, with three more reports lodged on Wednesday.
The reports claim that utility bill payments made at the post office remained unsettled, and that water and electricity companies had sent homeowners warning letters and, in some cases, court summonses over unsettled payments.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the women, aged between 26 and 38, were remanded for three days from yesterday and were being investigated under Section 408 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust.
“When the number of reports reached 10 earlier this week, police informed Pos Malaysia and they started their own investigations.
“They found that there had been a misappropriation of funds at the post office and lodged a police report on Wednesday,” ACP Gan said, adding that the case was handed over to the Commercial Crimes Department.
Assistant principal of an international school, John Cadman, who was at the post office, said: “Some of my friends say they will never use this post office again.”
Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu, who helped affected homeowners highlight the problem on Wednesday, said the victims included foreigners.
Pos Malaysia corporate communications and customer care group head Datuk Rohaiza Hashim said the Batu Ferringhi Post Office had been under the Promoting Employee to Entrepreneur Rationalisation programme, where selected post offices are outsourced and leased to former employees who were considered third-party operators.
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