Fake bomb culprits still in country

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  • Sunday, 17 Nov 2019

Newly-appointed George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong (right) exchanging documents with his predecessor Senior Asst Comm Che Zaimani Che Awang (left) during a ceremony witnessed by Penang police chief Comm Datuk T. Narenasagaran at the George Town district police headquarters in Patani Road on Saturday. ./Picby:CHAN BOON KAI/The Star/16 November 2019.

GEORGE TOWN: The three Chinese nationals who dropped fake bombs at the house of MBI Group International founder Tedy Teow’s son in Bukit Gambir early this month are believed to be still in the country, say police.

Outgoing George Town OCPD Senior Asst Comm Che Zaimani Che Awang said they were working with Interpol to locate them.

“We have their identities and we even know when they came to Penang.

“We believe they have not left the country based on Immigration Department records, ” he said after handing over his duties to his successor Asst Comm Soffian Santong during a ceremony at the George Town police district headquarters in Patani Road yesterday.

On Nov 4, the three Chinese nationals, said to be in their 40s and 50s, went to the house of Adrian Teow to recoup the money they had invested in the “failed” money-game scheme.

When Adrian told them that his father was not at home and that the family was not involved in the money-game, the Chinese nationals responded by dropping two objects that looked like incomplete improvised explosive devices.

One of them had earlier pointed a knife to the left side of Adrian’s abdomen while another accomplice, who spoke in Mandarin, told Adrian, who is Vouk Hotel managing director, that they only wanted their money back.

SAC Che Zaimani said the trio became desperate when they could not recoup the money they had invested.

“When they failed to get their money back, they resorted to threatening the son of the MBI operator with fake bombs, ” he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder and under Section 8 of the Firearms Act.

MBI was once dubbed the darling of investment schemes.

Just last month, more than 100 Chinese nationals who claimed to have lost their savings staged a peaceful protest near the Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Armed with banners, they urged the Chinese government to help them recover hundreds of million of ringgit they had invested in the Penang-based company which had been blacklisted by Bank Negara Malaysia.

Last year, MBI and Tedy were fined RM2.5mil and RM3mil respectively for issuing a payment instrument without the approval of Bank Negara.

The authorities also froze 91 bank accounts with RM177mil linked to MBI Group International then.

Bank Negara had flagged the company for allegedly operating a dubious financial scheme.

At the height of its glory, MBI had several projects in Penang, including a mall for members to convert their virtual coins to loyalty points to purchase goods such as groceries, household appliances and even cars.The company also has several housing projects in Bayan Lepas near the Penang International Airport, hotels, a durian plantation, e-hailing services and Taman MBI Desaku in Kulim, Kedah.

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