PETALING JAYA: Berjaya Corp Bhd founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan says the company has no vested interest in SEA Gamer Mall, which is under the spotlight, as two of its executives have been charged by the United States with cyber crime.
“I wish to clarify that the Berjaya Corp Bhd Group of Companies has no interest whatsoever in SEA Gamer Mall. My shareholding in SEA Gamer Mall is entirely my personal investment which I may choose to divest when the time is right, ” Tan said.
His statement came following media reports linking Berjaya and Tan’s daughters to SEA Gamer Mall.
He explained that his daughters Nerine and Chryseis were non-executive directors who were no longer part of the company.
“At all times, my daughters had no involvement whatsoever in the running of the company.
“They were just my nominees on the board of SEA Gamer Mall. Both Nerine and Chryseis have, in fact, already resigned before this incident, ” he said.
On Sept 16, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) charged two Malaysians with 23 counts of racketeering, conspiracy, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, access device fraud, money laundering, violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and falsely registering domain names.
They are alleged to have been involved with five Chinese nationals who were part of a hacking group known as APT41.
The DOJ named SEA Gamer Mall CEO Wong Ong Hua, 46, and chief product officer Ling Yang Ching, 32.
“The indictment alleged that Wong and Ling conducted the affairs of SEA Gamer Mall through a pattern of racketeering activity involving computer intrusion offences targeting the video game industry in the US, France, Japan, Singapore and South Korea, ” the DOJ said.
Tan said neither SEA Gamer Mall nor the two executives possessed the expertise or tools necessary for computer intrusions and hacking.
“The two SEAGM executives maintain their innocence and have appointed a Malaysian legal counsel to represent them, ” he said.
Tan, who has been a passive investor of SEA Gamer Mall for the past 13 years, added that the management of the company had stepped up security measures to protect all personal data of customers.
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