Police have detained a ‘Datin’ over her alleged involvement in a syndicate offering and selling non-existent Pahang state awards and medals through Facebook.
State Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the 60-year-old woman from Pulau Gadong, Melaka was detained at the Malim police station in Melaka at 3pm on Thursday when she turned up to give a statement.
“The Datin was nabbed following a report by a police inspector who saw a posting on Facebook offering and selling the fake awards and medals.
“The entry was posted by a Facebook account owner stating: ‘Who wants to take the Pahang Datuk or Datuk Seri title etc can see me in Kuantan, Pahang on 23/2/2018, the place will be informed later’,” he told reporters.
Mohd Wazir said police also seized a mobile phone and two SIM cards from the woman.
The case is being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Section 3(1) Pahang Emblems, Titles or Awards (Prevention of Improper Use) Enactment 2017.
He said police believe that the Datin had links to two other suspects, a 39-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man, who were arrested earlier this month for alleged involvement in selling fake awards.
Police had prior to the Datin’s arrest nabbed her two accomplices in separate raids for having advertised the sale of ‘Datuk’ and ‘Datuk Seri’ titles at prices of between RM180,000 and RM400,000 on social media.