PUTRAJAYA — May 16, 2019: Illegal immigrants were found to have deposited money into the bank accounts of Malaysians as a condition to release their family members from the Wang Kelian camps as well as those in Thailand.
Inspector Mohd. Suffian Abdul Rashid, previously with the Anti-Money Laundering Unit at federal police, named the Malaysians as Ku Hamid Ku Musa and Arifin Abdullah Ali.
Investigations found that a Myanmar national had deposited RM4,000 into Ku Hamid’s account in October 2014 to release his nephew from the Wang Kelian camp while a Rohingya deposited RM5,800 into Arifin’s account to secure the release of his uncle who was held in Thailand.
Ku Hamid, a Malaysian born in Myanmar and who had worked as a labourer, was found to have more than RM19,000 in his account as well as cashier’s cheques amounting to RM21,000.
Suffian told the RCI that Ku Hamid told him he had given his ATM card to a Thai named Kaw to be used but efforts by the police to track down Kaw were futile.
Money and property belong to Ku Hamid and Arifin, including vehicles, were subsequently forfeited under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.
The press and the public could only observe the proceedings for about 40 minutes today when Suffian was testifying.
After he had finished, the RCI was conducted closed-doors as the evidence by witnesses were deemed confidential and sensitive.
It is understood that three witnesses gave their statements behind closed doors – two members of the public and Corporal Mat Ten of the General Operations Force.
The hearings will resume on May 27. — Bernama