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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 | MYT 1:27 PM

Cops: Suspect behind fake datuk offer was posing as Royal Council officer

PETALING JAYA: The main suspect behind the fake offer letter for the Darjah dan Bintang Kebesaran Negeri Selangor honorific title, which carries the title “Datuk”, was posing as the Secretary of the Selangor Council of the Royal Court, according to police.

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor said initial investigations revealed that the suspect also claimed to represent the Royal Court in offering the Datukship.

“We received a police report on the forgery and fraud on Monday (March 12).

“The Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) is investigating the matter under Section 419 of the Penal Code for cheating by impersonation,” he told The Star.

The offence carries up to seven years’ imprisonment or a fine or both upon conviction.

“We believe we will be able to solve the case soon,” Comm Mazlan said.

He also urged the public to get verification from the authorities if there is any doubt involving the Darjah dan Bintang Kebesaran Negeri Selangor awards.

“It is important to check with the authorities to avoid being duped by certain individuals,” he said.

The Star earlier reported that the Selangor Council of the Royal Court never issued any offer letter for the Darjah dan Bintang Kebesaran Negeri Selangor honorific title to a person named Goh Boon Leong.

Selangor Council of the Royal Court secretary Hanafisah Jais said a police report had been filed on the person based on the forged letter.

“The fake letter also bears several false facts such as using the wrong Selangor coat of arms as well as the false name and signature of the Selangor Council of the Royal Court Secretary.

“This is a serious crime of fraud with the intention of fooling the public, affecting the good name of the Sultan of Selangor, and besmirching the Selangor royal institution,” Hanafisah said in a statement.