Datuk Seri suspect in commercial crime cases still at large, not arrested as portal claims

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Police have denied a report on a portal that a Datuk Seri wanted for involvement in commercial crimes, including money laundering and scams, has been arrested in the Klang Valley.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the 33-year-old suspect has yet to be arrested.

“Not yet,” he said in a short reply through WhatsApp on Tuesday (March 23).

Comm Ayob Khan said although the report on the portal was false, the police would wait before investigating it for fake news.

“The operation and investigation are still ongoing, and we have yet to arrest the main suspect. Just wait for a press conference, which might be held next week,” he added.

According to the portal, the suspect was arrested after police searched vehicles coming in and out of an apartment complex in Puchong, believed to be the suspect’s residence.

The portal claimed the suspect was arrested while drinking with several individuals in a nightclub at Scott Garden along Old Klang Road.

On Sunday (March 21), police said they were searching for the suspect, who is believed to be involved in commercial crime, for investigation into offences under Sections 130V to 130ZB of the Penal Code.

Comm Ayob Khan urged the public to help in the search for the suspect, who is believed to have strong connections with influential persons, including enforcement officers.

“We will not hesitate to take action against those who try to protect the suspect, be it the public or from enforcement agencies, including the police,” he said, adding that the suspect was also the founder of a company.

The suspect was earlier linked with the assault of three Rela personnel after he was asked to move his car, which was reportedly obstructing traffic, at a temple celebration in Kuala Lumpur in October 2017. – The Star