KUANTAN: A businessman with the title “Datuk Seri” has been detained by police for allegedly using the image of Pahang Ruler Sultan Ahmad Shah and the Pahang Regent Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah to make gold coins without permission.
The 30-year-old businessman was arrested at 7.15pm in a raid in Batu Caves, Selangor, on Tuesday.
This followed a report from Istana Abdul Aziz on the making and selling of the gold coins with the image of the ruler and the regent on Dec 28.
Pahang Commercial Criminal Investigation Department head Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said police investigation found that two businessmen with the title “Datuk Seri” and “Datuk” were involved.
“Acting on information, police raided a house believed to belong to a friend of the suspect at 10.30am.
“We believe this friend is also involved. He, however, was not home.
“The suspect, with the ‘Datuk’ title, is on holiday abroad with his family since Dec 23 and checks found that he has not returned to Malaysia,” he said in a statement.
Supt Mohd Wazir said police managed to track down the other suspect, with the “Datuk Seri” title, at a food outlet and arrested him.
Police seized a catalogue of the gold coins – one with the image of the Pahang Ruler and the coat of arms of Pahang, and another with the image of the Pahang Regent and the coat of arms of Pahang.
“The suspect claimed that only two gold coins were made.
“He said the coins were to be handed to a middleman to be brought before the Pahang Regent for his consent,” he said.
Supt Mohd Wazir said the coins cost RM8,000 each but were believed to be sold by the suspect for RM18,888 each.
The businessman had been remanded for two days to facilitate police investigation.
Supt Mohd Wazir added that the police are working to track down his accomplice. — Bernama
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