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POLICE are tracking down the mastermind who allegedly supplied thousands of personal data to an illegal prepaid SIM card registration syndicate.
Perlis police chief Surina Saad said police had identified the suspect, currently in the northern part of the country.
“Police, together with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), are completing the investigation to bring the suspect to justice.
“Cases related to technical aspects, such as communication equipment, are handed over to MCMC while those involving commercial crime, such as personal data, are investigated by police,” she told reporters after witnessing the disposal of ketum leaves and liquid disposal in Kangar today.
Police reportedly detained seven individuals, believed to be part of a prepaid SIM card registration scam, in a raid on June 22.
The case is being investigated under section 420 of the penal code and section 239 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Meanwhile, Surina said the state Criminal Investigation Department disposed of 58 tonnes of case items involving ketum leaves worth an estimated RM1.23 million.
She said that until June 26, the department had arrested 1,149 suspects for offences involving drugs and ketum leaves, and seized 369.12kg of drugs and 35 tonnes of ketum leaves.
“The cases and arrests this year have so far dropped by 50%, and the seizures by about 60%,” she said.
Surina attributed the drop to continuous enforcement by police and the related agencies, as well as external factors when Thailand allowed the use of ketum leaves.
“Also, based on our intelligence, the market price of ketum leaves has dropped from RM180 to RM40 per kg,” she said. – Bernama, June 29, 2022.