Penang Assemblyman’s Aide Lodged Fake Report on “Robbery” Due to Blackmail

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Police have recorded statements from the special aide of a state assemblyman and his brother, who were detained on Tuesday for lodging a false police report, alleging that they were robbed of RM60,000.

State police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said the assemblyman was not involved in the plot.

“As far as this issue is concerned, the special aide and his brother had fabricated the story and lodged the false report.

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“Investigations are still underway,” he told newsmen this morning after the handing over of 26 new Honda Civic 1.8S mobile patrol vehicles (MPVs) and seven Hino trucks to the state and district police contingent at the marine base in Baru Uban.

Sources said the special aide, in his 30s, and his brother claimed that they had been robbed by an unknown person on a motorcycle at a petrol station near Permatang Rawa here, on Sept 12.

The special aide lodged a police report following the alleged incident.

However, investigators found discrepancies in the statements of the two siblings.

The source said the special aide lodged the false report to avoid paying a third party who had allegedly threatened to expose his brother’s indecent photos.

Meanwhile, asked if police will investigate the alleged threat against the brother, Sahabudin said no report was lodged on the matter.

The case is being investigated under Section 182 of the Penal Code for lodging a false police report, which carries a maximum six months’ jail term, or RM2,000 fine, or both, upon conviction.

Earlier, Sahabudin handed over the new Honda Civic 1.8S MPVs and Hino police trucks to the state Criminal Investigation Department director, state Crime Prevention and Community Safety director and district police chiefs.

All districts will receive five new MPVs each, except for the southwest district, which gets four.

He said each district police headquarters will also receive one truck; while the state police contingent headquarters will be given two for logistics.

“With the new MPVs, I hope it will give greater comfort and improve the performance and image of the state police, especially the patrol unit,” he added.

Currently, the state police have 139 MPVs for patrolling and operations by the various departments. – NST