SIBU: A timber company here claims it lost RM363,509 in a bank fraud, which was the payroll for its 73-member staff.
Bintani Maju Sdn Bhd managing director Wong Kee Kong, at a press conference on Monday (June 21), said he made online transfers amounting to RM116,850 on June 3 to 22 employees' bank accounts and another RM246,659.91 to another 51 employees.
However, he claimed that at 3.30pm the next day, they found out that all beneficiaries' account numbers had been amended and the funds transferred to two unknown parties instead.
He also claimed that the bank did not notify them of the change.
Wong said the first set of transactions was instead deposited to a bank account of an unknown person and the second was transferred to another company.
Wong lodged a police report the same day and also reported the matter to the bank.
"We emailed all relevant documents to Bank Negara on June 6 but were advised to wait for the bank's internal investigation and to liaise with the police," he added.
Wong said on June 17, the company received an email from the bank, where the company was told that the procedure for the payroll file to the stage of approval were all in order.
Repok assemblyman Datuk Seri Huang Tiong Sii urged the bank to thoroughly investigate the matter again.
"The bank needs to do another thorough investigation and come out with a reasonable outcome for the victim. At the same time, the bank needs to provide a secure banking experience to all its customers," he said.