GEORGE TOWN: Four parang-wielding men made away with RM500,000 worth of foreign currency at a forex outlet in Sungai Bakap, near Nibong Tebal on mainland Penang this morning.
In the 10am incident, the four men, who covered their faces with white T-shirts, held two women behind the counter with their machetes and made away with the money in two minutes.
They took off in a grey Proton Waja getaway car parked outside the shop.
South Seberang Prai district deputy police chief DSP Shamsudin Mamat said the four men pounced as a male errand boy was leaving the outlet.
“As the boy left the outlet through a door next to the counter, the men barged in and ordered the women to surrender all the cash collected.
“The women had just finished counting the money collected and had placed it in a bag, which was to be banked-in later.
“The men ordered the women to surrender the bag and threatened to hurt them if they made noise,” he said when contacted.
Shamsuddin added that the men left in the Proton bearing registration plate “WRQ 6094”, which was believed to be fake.
Shamsudin said the staff and several customers outside at the time were not hurt and had their statements taken.
He added the RM500,000 sum was from three days’ worth of collection and was not banked-in due to the Hari Raya holidays.
The case is being investigated for gang robbery under the Penal Code.