Johor cops smash fake datukship syndicate


JOHOR BAHRU: Johor police have crippled a syndicate selling false “datukship” titles and seized eight honorary awards and appointment letters estimated to be valued at RM1.34 million here last month.

Johor police chief Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said in the Oct 30 raid, police detained two suspects, aged 40 and 57, from Batu Pahat who were believed to be syndicate members.

“Initial investigations revealed that the syndicate had been active since the beginning of this year. To date, 13 police reports have been lodged and we have detected more than 40 members of the syndicate.

“The syndicate also joined the Community Policing Association (PKK) to evade the suspicion of the authorities and community. We are calling all individuals involved in the syndicate to come forward before we pay them a visit,” he told reporters here today.

Khalil said police were also tracking down a suspect, Muhamad Faizal Abd Rahman, 33, to facilitate investigations.

“We have listed him as a wanted man and his last address was in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

According to him, the syndicate would cajole individuals to become members of an unregistered non-governmental organisation apart from being involved in selling state honorary titles.

“One has to pay between RM20,000 and RM30,000 to obtain a ‘datukship’ and another RM180,000 or RM280,000 for a ‘Datuk Seri’ title,” he said.