IS DEEP-ROOTED CORRUPTION THE ENABLER OF THE INFAMOUS MACAU SCAM?
PRESS STATEMENT DATED 28 OCTOBER 2020
The Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Center) is relieved that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) successfully apprehended Goh Leong Yeong (Alvin Goh) after his disappearance for almost 2 weeks. He is the suspected master mind behind the Macau Scam syndicate operations in Malaysia, and was detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for questioning, but subsequently escaped the Law Enforcement Agency’s headquarters purportedly by climbing over the fence on October 11, 2020.
To-date, it is not clear how the main suspect in the middle of a multi-million ringgit scam escaped from the MACC. There is little information available due to a lack of transparency surrounding his convenient escape, leaving the public to question if there is any involvement of law enforcement officers in his great escape. The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) is said to be probing the escape, even though the EAIC does not have jurisdiction over the MACC.
Alvin Goh, believed to be the main suspect of the case which allegedly involved local celebrities and high-ranking police officers, was among the nine people arrested for investigation and was just released on MACC bail on October 11 before he escaped, while eight others were handed over to the PDRM for further investigation under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959, as the case was classified as a syndicated crime.
The Macau scam has affected a vast number of Malaysians, with a total of 4,865 investigation papers on the Macau Scam opened by the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (JSJK) of the PDRM. The actual number of victims of the scam remains unknown. In this high profile Macau scam syndicate case, MACC has frozen 730 bank accounts involving RM80 million and seized about RM5 million in cash as well as 28 luxury vehicles.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Director, Datuk Huzir Mohamed, recently confirmed that Alvin Goh and his partner Addy Kana acted as agents or coordinators in providing facilities for the money-laundering syndicate. They were believed to be supported by legitimate and successful businesses, entrepreneurs, senior police officers and celebrities that defrauded victims of millions and proceeded to launder the defrauded money. Alvin Goh allegedly “spent” between RM2 million and RM4 million a month on various parties to cover up his purported crimes.
- Given the involvement of high ranking police officers in this syndicate, there appears to be a serious trust deficit that the current Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) and Police Force Commission would call out and penalise the corrupt officers and further curb the replication of this syndicate within the PDRM.
Hence, C4 urges the Government to form an independent task force to look into the various levels of Law Enforcement Agencies, regulatory bodies, prominent businessmen and all other parties involved in enabling an international crime syndicate plaguing the Rakyat and citizens of other countries.
- It further appears evident that a dampened down Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) Bill presented in the last Parliament session will NOT be able to address such complex cross border financial crimes involving cyber networks, enforcement officials, banks and influential personalities. It is really the time to put courage into deed and establish an Independent Police Complaints and Monitoring Commission with teeth.
We urge that during the upcoming Parliamentary sitting, lawmakers review seriously and diligently such a need, and a bipartisan committee be established to deliberate details of such an independent authority.
- Upon further research, C4 Center has unearthed new evidences that strongly suggest there is a nexus between Alvin Goh and members of law enforcement agencies.
Thus, C4 Center refers to the matter with urgent need to meet with IGP Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador and present all relevant documents are required for his further action.
Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Center)
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