The Pahang government will investigate the conferment of the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) award, which carries the title ‘Datuk’, on Nuruliman A Rahman who is embroiled in an alleged property scam.
State secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail said initial action had been taken to check if the actor had ever received any state medal or award, The Star reported.
“Everything is under investigation. Action can be taken if the actor used the title without credentials,” State secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail told reporters yesterday.
Muhammad Safian also did not dismiss the possibility of bringing the matter to the attention of the Sultan of Pahang for further action, including possible revocation of the award and title.
Nuruliman, an actor and the managing director of DBI Properties, was released on Wednesday after the expiry of his two-day remand issued by the Ampang magistrate’s court. However, he was immediately rearrested.
Wearing orange ‘lockup uniform’ and in handcuffs, he arrived at the court compound at 9am yesterday, escorted by police. The remand order was issued for two days by the Magistrate’s Court to facilitate investigations into a low-cost housing scam involving RM6.2 million.
Better known as “Dato Boy Iman”, the 37-year-old was then brought to the Muar district police headquarters.
He is one of three suspects in the scam that has cost victims approximately RM6.2 million in losses.
Bukit Aman criminal investigation department director Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said that police had received 201 reports involving house sales by DBI Properties and Syarikat Juta Kelulut Global Resources, an increase from the 188 reports previously received.
In the scam being investigated, houses were apparently offered at a below-market value to buyers. A bungalow measuring 1,650 sq ft was being offered for RM60,000. But, once payment was made, the actual construction did not take place.
Police are also looking for an “Ustaz Zubir” as part of their investigation. The 42-year-old man’s real name is Zubir Yahya.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Muslim Consumers’ Association (PPIM) has urged the police to detain another four individuals, also believed to be the masterminds of the housing scam.
PPIM activist Mohd Yusuf Azmi said the four individuals were involved in the financial management of the two companies.
Apparently, PPIM has received 400 reports on alleged fraudulent house sales by both companies and has requested the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (SIAP) to look into the matter.
Earlier report: Oct 3, Actor with ‘Datuk’ Title Arrested over RM6.2M Housing Scam