Mohd Ishak (second from right) explains some of the issues related to cybercrime as Shaiful, Maria and Mohamad Maulana watch (from left).

BINTULU (November 4): Commercial crime in Sarawak increased 90.06% from January 1 to September 30 this year compared to the same period last year, with 46.9 million ringgit in total losses, a Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said.

He said 2,123 cases of commercial crimes had been registered in the first nine months of this year, up from 1,117 cases in the same period last year.

Aidi said e-commerce scams topped the rankings with 527 cases and losses totaling RM2.4 million.

“Others include non-existent loans with 352 cases and losses of 3.2 million ringgit; Scams in Macau with 136 cases and losses of RM 4.6 million; investment scams with 121 cases and RM 6.8 million in losses; and car sales and purchases with 104 cases and a loss of RM 1.05 million, ”he said yesterday when Sarawak Police Contingent Town Hall opened discussion on the threat crime at the Bintulu Promenade Hotel.

During that period, a total of 581 arrests were made with 456 suspects indicted in court, adding that police opened 399 investigative documents with 867 charges.

The arrest of five members of an online car buying and selling syndicate called ‘Geng Abang Salleh’ which claimed 27 lives and losses totaling RM 188,660, he revealed.

“Apart from this, the police also arrested 10 suspects in connection with ‘Op Vulture’, including nine men and a woman for their involvement in unlicensed money lending activities.”

Commenting on the town hall discussion, Aidi said the program would allow the police to get closer to the issues and problems faced by people on the ground and find the best solutions.

“It is hoped that from this program, the relationship between the police and the community will be closer in crime prevention efforts,” he added.

He said Bukit Aman CCID has set up an information line at 013-2111222 and a scam response center at 03-26101559, in order to improve the service delivery system.

The people involved in the town hall discussion were panelists specializing in the prevention of commercial crime, namely ACP Mohd Ishak Yaakob (Criminal Investigation Department (Intelligence / Operations) deputy head of the Sarawak contingent; Supt Maria Rasid ( CCID Sarawak contingent chief) and Shaiful Sandi (Communication and multimedia agency head of the Bintulu Commission).

The program was moderated by Assoc Prof Dr Mohamad Maulana Magiman (Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu campus, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Management and Sciences).

Those in attendance included Sarawak Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department Chief SAC Nurulhuda Mohd Salleh, Bintulu Datu Resident Jack Aman Luat, Bintulu Police Chief, Superintendent Zulkipli Suhaili, Chairman of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation, Penghulu Dato Chai Shong Phian, and the Secretary of the Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia. General Datuk Wong Aik Loung.

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