KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Efforts taken by the Malaysian police to form strategic collaborations and intelligence sharing with regional and international police forces to combat the African and Macau scam syndicates are paying off.

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said a collaboration between the Malaysian Commercial Crimes Investigation (JSJK) Department with the Commercial Affairs Department from the Singapore Police Force to curb activities of the African Scam syndicate, resulted in the arrest of 24 suspects in January last year.

“Their arrest through the operation code-named ‘Op Tiong Global’ launched through the collaboration in January last year, has managed to resolve 54 cases reported in the country, and four cases in Singapore,” he said during a press conference held in conjunction with the Bukit Aman Monthly Assembly organised by the JSJK here.

He said the JSJK had also held a series of raids in collaboration with the police from China in the fight against the Macau Scam syndicate which had set up call centres in Malaysia to deceive victims in China.

“A total of 72 Chinese nationals have been arrested during the raid conducted last December,” he said.

Mohamad Fuzi said the police also co-operated with their counterparts from other Asian countries to curb commercial and cyber crimes and ensure that its personnel were well-prepared to address the issue.

“We are also planning to increase the number of personnel in the cyber crime division,” he said.

He said 1,705 suspects were arrested in the African Scam fraud case through 1,243 raids under Op Tiong last year.

“For fraud cases involving the Macau Scam, enforcement action has been taken through ‘Op Pelican’ and a total of 417 raids and operations have been launched since.

“Through the raids, 1,239 people have been arrested,” he said.

He said the JSJK was aiming for the charge rate to increase to 40 per cent this year, from the 30 per cent targeted last year.

Mohamad Fuzi said the JSJK had arrested 25 people involved with finance and investment scams so far this year.

“Three of the suspects were charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code on Jan 12,” he said.

Source: NAM News Network