MELAKA: Melaka police are trying to find out if nine foreigners arrested for alleged involvement in a loan scam underwent the compulsory Covid-19 quarantine before entering the country.
Melaka Commercial Crime chief Supt E. Sundra Rajan (pic) said investigators are expanding the probe to understand how the suspects entered the country and whether or not they were vaccinated or quarantined.
"We are trying to get fresh leads on their journey here as Malaysia has implemented strict entry restrictions and quarantine requirements due to Covid-19," he said on Friday (April 30).
On the arrest, Supt Sundra said five men and four women - all Chinese nationals - were detained under Ops Pelican on Wednesday (April 28)
He said the arrests were made at three houses in Taman Alai Perdana here.
Supt Sundra said the suspects are aged 25 to 35 and targeted victims from China.
"The suspects claimed that they were paid a monthly salary ranging from RM3,000 to RM4,000 each by the syndicate," he said.
He added that the suspects also claimed they had not received their salaries for three months.
Supt Sundra said police also confiscated equipment, international passports and RM31,000 in cash during the raids.
He said this particular loan scam syndicate has been in operation since February.
"However, the preliminary investigation shows there were no local victims," he said, adding that the suspects have been remanded for four days.