LAST_UPDATESun, 18 Mar 2018 9pm

Police Identify Individual Who Impersonated Selangor Palace Official

SHAH ALAM: The police have identified the individual who impersonated a Selangor Palace official and issued ‘offer letters’ purportedly for state awards carrying the honorific ‘Datuk’ title.

Selangor police chief Datuk Mazlan Mansor said this followed a police report lodged by the Council of the Royal Court of Selangor on Monday, on a letter offering a Selangor state award which carried the title ‘Datuk’ and given to a person named Goh Boon Leong.

He said police investigations found the suspect had masqueraded as Secretary of the Council of the Royal Court of Selangor which conferred the award, purportedly from the Selangor Palace.

“The investigations were conducted by the Selangor Department of Commercial Crime under Section 419 of the Penal Code which is cheating by personation (impersonation), which provides for a jail sentence of up to seven years or fine or both, if found guilty.

“We believe we can solve the case soon,” he said in a statement here today.

Mazlan also advised the public to get confirmation from the authorities if they had doubts on awards purportedly conferred by the state government to avoid being cheated.

Yesterday, the Council of the Royal Court of Selangor issued a statement that it had not issued any offer letter for an award to the individual.

Its secretary, Hanafisah Jais had lodged a police report on the individual for falsifying the letter which purportedly had the consent of the Sultan of Selangor.

“The false letter also contained several untrue statements including using the wrong coat-of-arms and false name and signature of the Secretary of the Council of the Royal Court of Selangor.

“The act is a crime of fraud which is very serious as it intends to dupe people, jeopardise the good name of the Sultan of Selangor and the Royal Institution of Selangor,” said Hanafisah.