Stiffer penalties for mule account holders in the pipeline, says Bukit Aman

KUALA LUMPUR: Mule account holders could face stricter action under proposed changes to the Penal Code, says Bukit Aman.

"The law now might not be (sufficiently harsh) and we have to charge most (mule account holders) under the Minor Offences Act 1955 and this has many interpretations," Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf told a press conference here on Friday (June 21).

"There are those who are reluctant to bring a case forward due to not having enough 'ingredients'.

"(The changes also cover) the use of ATM cards.

"We hear of those holding stacks of (other people's) ATM cards and we hope with these changes, people will not easily give their ATM cards away or open bank accounts on behalf of others as they could now be liable," he added.

Comm Ramli was asked about the announcement earlier Friday by Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail that the government would fine-tune amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and Penal Code to address cybercrime.

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