JOHOR BARU: A 56-year-old "Datuk Seri" said to be active in charity work was arrested after extorting two men, including a police inspector, in Bandar Seri Alam here.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the "Datuk Seri" was arrested along with another man on Thursday (Feb 25) after extorting a man in his 50s the previous Monday.
“The suspect together with his 41-year-old accomplice had extorted and used force on the victim, asking the victim to pay his debt worth around RM450,000 on Monday.
“The victim then lodged a police report where both suspects were then arrested on Thursday. While being arrested, the main suspect extorted a policeman saying that he would mess up all police stations and the policeman’s life, ” he told a press conference at state police headquarters here on Tuesday (March 2).
Comm Ayob Khan added that a background check revealed that the suspect has 23 prior cases in his criminal record involving violence, aside from having action taken against him under the Emergency Ordinance.
He was also arrested in Simpang Renggam, and in Pulau Jerejak, Penang, during the 1980s and 1990s.
Both men are being investigated under Section 34, Section 385 and Section 506 of the Penal Code for extortion and criminal intimidation that carry a jail term of up to seven years or a fine or both if convicted.
Comm Ayob also revealed that the main suspect's "Datuk Seri" title was received from the Sulu sultanate, which Malaysia does not acknowledge.
He added that the suspect is active in his charity and an NGO which the police believe is used as a front for his criminal activities.
“The NGO contacted us multiple times to give a ‘positive input’ on the suspect after his arrest.
“So the police would like to remind all NGOs out there to not simply fall for any sort of ‘donations’ from any person with titles, and in this case, this suspect is no Robin Hood, ” he said, adding that police are currently investigating to determine if the suspect has links to any political party.