Fake RM122k nasi kandar ‘robbery’ causes massive jams

GEORGE TOWN: Police said today that two workers at a popular nasi kandar restaurant had made up a story about a RM122,000 robbery which led to massive traffic disruption on the island because of police road blocks.

George Town police chief Soffian Santong said the money was later found hidden in a car after two workers had admitted to making a false report.

Penang islanders had suffered traffic snarls in the afternoon as police mounted roadblocks on major roads, with only one lane on the Penang Bridge open to mainland-bound traffic as police conducted checks.

Soffian said the two men will be taken to the magistrate’s court tomorrow for a remand order for investigations into perjury, he said. Earlier in the day, police received an emergency call claiming that two men on a motorcycle had taken some RM120,000, representing three days of restaurant takings while the money was being taken to the bank.

An auditor and a chief cashier had told police that the two men on a dark blue motorcycle, wearing police vests and balaclavas, had stopped them at a junction not far away from the shop, in Bukit Jambul.

They had demanded to see the identity cards of the two workers, while one man, knife in hand, demanded a bag containing the cash.

In the police report, the workers said they were about to bank in RM122,555, the shop’s three-day revenue collection from Dec 6 to Dec 8. They said they transported the cash to the bank by motorcycle regularly.

Soffian said the men will be investigated for providing false information to a public servant, an offence which carries a penalty of six months’ jail or RM2,000 fine or both on conviction.