MALACCA: The admission by the chairman of a national crime prevention group that his Datukship and doctorate were not officially recognised has triggered mass resignation among its members with the Negri Sembilan chapter set to close soon.
United Malaysia Crime Prevention Organisation deputy chairman and its Malacca chief A. Saravana Tirtha said the members here wanted to distance themselves from the group to avoid negative perception of their involvement in its activities.
He said more chapters around the country would follow. “We do not want to be associated with an organisation led by a bogus Datuk.”
He said 22 committee members in Malacca as well 12 in Negri Sembilan had quit.
Yesterday, The Star reported the leader A. Balakrishnan as admitting that he was given honorary Datukship and doctorate by the Sultan of Sulu 10 years ago.
The organisation began in the Klang Valley in 2007 and was registered as a national body in 2012. It now has 1,000 members nationwide, who are said to comprise former policemen, doctors, businessmen and teachers.
“We feel cheated. The chairman should have come clean when we first registered to be part of the campaign to combat crime.
“How can he mislead us and promote himself as a Datuk and Dr?” asked Saravana.
Saravana said that their annual general meetings had been held in hotels with even senior police officers in attendance and their events were covered in the media without anybody realising that the chairman was wanted for investigations into cheating cases.
He said that Balakrishnan’s cover was exposed only after the police began probing a recent newspaper article on female gangsters that quoted him in which the figure given was inaccurate.
The organisation’s Negri Sembilan chief P. Saravanan said all 12 of his committee members quit yesterday.
“Our chapter has 200 active members, most of whom are professionals who work hard to hold anti-crime campaigns in schools,” he said.
He added that a meeting would be held in Seremban on Monday to announce the dissolution of the Negri Sembilan branch.
Balakrishnan is currently on police bail pending court action for alleged cheating and 14 cases relating to traffic offences.
When contacted, Balakrishnan said members who wanted to resign could go ahead and he vowed to revive the group once he had resolved his cases in court.