Umrah package scam: State Education director, deputy director, roped in to assist investigations

By Zarina Abdullah - 11 January 2017 @ 5:17 PM

KUALA TERENGGANU: Police have recorded statements from the State Education director and his deputy, to assist with investigation into an alleged umrah package scam which involved a whopping RM14.2 million.

State police chief Datuk Rosli Ab Rahman said the duo was summoned to the station three days ago to give their statements to complete the investigation paper of the case.

The umrah package scam, saw two men, a company chief executive officer and an accountant, both 28, arrested on Dec 26, 2016.

On Dec 29, Rosli was reported as stating that the scam had affected 4,800 potential pilgrims who were left stranded.

According to Rosli, a team from the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) is helping in tracking the money trail and the source of the two suspect’s assets.

“So far, we have received 200 reports from the victims, teachers and their relatives,” he said adding that police are looking into the case from all angles.

“Our investigation now is based on the Marang’s report,” he said.

He added that police also have extended the two main suspects’ remand order, currently more than 14 days.

The company, Yayasan Bakti Negara Terengganu (YBNT), involved in the alleged scam had only started its operation in June last year, offering teachers and their relatives, a cheap umrah package of RM3,000 per pilgrim.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

File photo from 29th December 2016 shows the passports confiscated by Terengganu police in relation to an alleged umrah package scam worth RM14.2 million, affecting 4,800 potential pilgrims. Police have recorded statements from the State Education director and his deputy today, to assist with investigation into the scam. Pix by Mohd Syafiq Ridzuan Ambak