KOTA BARU: The Kelantan police have detained a man believed to have been using a fake “Datuk” title and another man suspected of posing as a member of the Kelantan royal family.
Both suspects were detained after police received a report from the Kelantan palace on Feb 25 regarding an individual who was allegedly falsifying documents and posing as a recipient of an award with the title of “Datuk” from the Kelantan palace, said Kelantan police chief Datuk Shafien Mamat.
Based on further investigations, the police detained a 48-year-old civil servant in Machang on Feb 27.
“In the raid, the police confiscated a name card with a ‘Datuk’ title and investigations revealed that the suspect got the card from a man claiming to be a Kelantan royal, ” he told reporters at the Kelantan contingent police headquarters here.
Shafien said the police then conducted another raid in Tanah Merah and detained a man, 69, and seized several documents, cards and letters with photos and charts of the Kelantan palace.
“The suspect was discovered to be in the midst of approaching people for donations.
“The police also found five Istana Balai Besar member cards and a stamp engraved with the phrase ‘Kerabat Diraja’.
“Investigations revealed that the suspect was not connected to the palace and was using false information to impersonate royalty, ” Shafien added.
The case will be investigated under Section 419 of the Penal Code for cheating and impersonation, Section 468 of the same act for falsifying a letter from the palace and Section 473 for possession of a fake stamp.
The 69-year-old suspect was charged at the Tumpat Magistrate’s Court and Machang Magistrate’s Court, while the 48-year-old suspect would be a witness in the case.
Shafien also warned against using false information and claiming to have connections to the Kelantan palace.
“Just to be clear, the Kelantan palace has never issued any name card to any individual to be conferred the title ‘Datuk’ and only presents awards.
“The Kelantan police urge any individual who has received fake Datukships or has doubts to come forward to aid in investigations, ” he added. — Bernama