KUALA LUMPUR: More than 60 Chinese nationals claiming to be victims of an alleged Ponzi scheme operated by MonSpace (M) Sdn Bhd today spent hours seeking justice and urging action from the authorities.
Accompanied by DAP members, the group submitted to Bank Negara Malaysia 65 police reports lodged at the Bukit Jalil police station here yesterday, demanding for a thorough investigation on the company.
DAP’s Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng who represented them urged the central bank to conduct further investigations on the investment firm using the police reports and relevant documents which were furnished today.
“We submitted 65 copies of the police reports made yesterday to Bank Negara,” he said. “I even submitted my own letter to them,”
“I want Bank Negara to show their commitment to Malaysia and the world, and not to make Malaysia a safe haven for masterminds of Ponzi schemes,” he told reporters later.
Lim also claimed that the police refused to take action for now, on grounds that the money transactions did not take place in Malaysia.
“The police seem to not want to take action, simply because the transactions were done in China,” he said.
However, Lim added that many MonSpace activities such as presentations, awarding of certificates, conferences and the launching of MonSpace Airline were done in Malaysia.
Two hours after submitting the documents and making a report at BNM, the complainants who hail from different provinces in China paid a visit to the Chinese embassy hoping to get support for the investigation.
However, they were directed to the embassy’s consular office in another location where they were told they would be entertained by officials.
Upon arriving there, only two representatives were allowed to enter the premise while the rest were told off by the guard.
Selangor DAP committee member Ronnie Liu, a former Selangor state executive councillor, who was among those who met the officials claimed that the consulate will look into the matter. However, no firm promises were given to the group, he said.
“If nothing is being done, and there is no progress and all that, I don’t rule out the possibility that the victims together with us will forward this matter to China’s president Xi Jinping when he visits Malaysia,” he said.
Yesterday, the same group had gone to the MonSpace office in Bukit Jalil after lodging the police reports, demanding to meet its head Jessy Lai for refunds.
Instead, they were asked by MonSpace’s representative to write down their names and investment accounts.
The group tried to storm into the office, believing Lai was inside. But Liu, who is a former Pandamaran assemblyman, stopped them.
He addressed the crowd and advised that it was better for them to lodge police reports and demand investigations.
Also present with them was lawyer Shahrul Nizam Azwir.
On May 22, a separate group of 19 Chinese nationals had also sought help from the Malaysian authorities after being allegedly misled into placing their money in a scheme by MonSpace.