KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), successfully conducted a sting operation to nab conmen selling non-existent low-cost flats in Jinjang Selatan.
DAP lawmaker Lim Lip Eng announced that his office had worked closely with MACC to nab these fraudsters.
According to the Segambut MP, the perpetrators had asked for a RM37,000 fee to “bypass” the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and buy People’s Housing Programme (PPR) homes worth RM42,000.
Such homes are “hot” properties because they are priced low despite their strategic locations.
Twenty MACC officials took part in the operation which saw an MACC official and Segambut DAP Branch Secretary Lai Chun Chian posing as buyers to trap the tricksters.
“We made the deal outside a Kepong law firm. Once the money was paid to the conmen, MACC arrested them immediately,” Lim told reporters here today.
It could not be confirmed at press time how many people were picked up by MACC to help in the investigations.
Segambut DAP Branch Chief Yew Jia Haur said the conmen had brought their targeted victims to a construction site in Taman Sejahtera, Jinjang Selatan.
There they would point to a DBKL notice board and claim it was the site for the PPR project.
“They’ll then bring the victims to a lawyer’s firm to sign a sale and purchase agreement. No lawyer is present at the time.
“They only make the transaction outside the law firm. The victims then pay them the ‘under table’ money.”
Lim and Yew said they had confirmed with DBKL that no such project exists.
“There is no PPR project in Jinjang Selatan, only in Jinjang Utara. And even if there was a PPR project in Jinjang Selatan, DBKL will not allow under-table transactions,” Lim said.
When asked on the identities of the conmen, Yew said MACC had not chosen to divulge their identities and that charges would be brought against them shortly.