25 investigation papers opened in connection with fraudulent umrah-operating firm

KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 25 investigation papers have been opened to investigate fraud cases involving an Umrah-operating company, said Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department deputy director (Investigation) Datuk Rohaimi Md Isa.

He said the investigation papers are being prepared and will be referred to the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s Office for further action.

“The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) has also suspended the company’s licence (on July 10),” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

Previously, the media had reported that victims of the fraudulent Umrah pilgrimage packages wanted firm action to be taken against the company after they claimed that it failed to provide them with compensation.

Regarding claims by the Malaysian International Humanitarian Organisation that no action has been taken in connection with this case, Rohami said it was not accurate.

He said that according to a media statement by Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf on Nov 29, a total of 21 investigation papers have been initiated in connection with the alleged Umrah package fraud involving more than RM500,000 in losses.

“The Tribunal for Consumer Claims also conducted investigations and took action against 177 complaints, involving claims totalling RM4,335,073.07. In addition, the Companies Commission of Malaysia also took action by blacklisting the company and its two directors under Act 614,” he said. – BERNAMA / pic TMR FILE