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Malaysians lost RM769mil to scams in 3 years

Sunday, November 24th, 2019
Betweeen January and September this year, 9,225 cases were reported with losses amounting to more than RM199 million. (File pic)

KUANTAN: Scammers have cheated Malaysians of more than RM769 million in the past three years, making it one of the most lucrative illegal business schemes around.

In 2017, 13,580 police reports were lodged, with losses amounting to more than RM214 million.

There was an increase of 15,533 cases last year, with losses totalling RM354 million.

Betweeen January and September this year, 9,225 cases were reported with losses amounting to more than RM199 million.

Bukti Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department’s Commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Zakaria Ahmad told the New Straits Times that non-existent loan schemes topped the list of cases in the first nine months of this year.

“A total of 3,667 cases lodged were related to non-existent loan schemes with losses amounting to RM34,395,846.05.”

He said Macau and African scam victims suffered the most losses in the period under review, despite a low number of cases reported.

“Macau scams recorded 1,666 cases from January to September this year with losses amounting to RM81,550,612.87, followed by African scams with RM62,977,518.01 in losses from 1,164 cases.”

Zakaria said online scams were rampant with 2,637 cases recorded this year, with losses of RM19,951,859.83, while 91 cases were lodged for short messaging system scams amounting to RM1,025,294.30 in losses.

He said the figures showed that Malaysians were desperate for cash.

He added that the police had been working hard to create awareness about such scams.

“Scams can be prevented if the public know the modus operandi of the perpetrators.”

Zakaria said people must not fall prey to scammers and must be alert when they were falsely accused of a crime.

The victims must contact the police or Bank Negara Malaysia immediately for verification.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman had, on Nov 6, said in the Dewan Rakyat despite campaigns by the authorities, it ultimately boiled down to the people’s attitude.

He said the police had set up an Internet Banking Task Force Group and a Cyber Crime Technical Committee to address online cheating cases, and as well as the portal to allow members of the public to check the telephone and bank account numbers used by syndicates.

By Tasnim Lokman

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Police: More people falling victim to scams

Sunday, November 24th, 2019
Scammers from China being held at the Immigration Department headquarters in Putrajaya on Thursday following a recent raid on a investment and foreign exchange scam syndicate in Cyberjaya. PIC BY LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR

KUANTAN: AS the old saying goes, curiosity killed the cat. Curiosity can sometimes get the better of us. And when it involves too-good-to-be-true financial schemes, it normally ends up with the victims losing hard-earned cash.

The modus operandi of scammers is all too familiar, yet there are still those who become easy prey, simply because they are curious to know more about how to get rich the fast and easy way, without having to go through the hassle of dealing with licensed financial operators.

Reminders issued by police seem to have fallen on deaf ears as more people are becoming scam victims by the day.

Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Superintendent Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said white-collar crimes had been a major concern in the state as many were losing thousands of ringgit daily.

He said 109 cases were recorded involving losses to the tune of RM3.97 million in the first eight months of this year.

“From January to August
last year, 111 cases were recorded with losses amounting to RM3,973,709.61 compared with 109 cases involving RM3,970,243.41 in losses this year. We arrested 70 suspects last year, while 32 were arrested this year,” he told the New Straits Times.

Wazir said last year, the number of scam cases reported stood at 181 involving RM5,178,207.09, with 31 suspects from Kuantan, Temerloh, Raub, Pekan and Maran arrested.

“It is a worrying trend as sometimes, we get 10 reported cases in a day,” he said, adding that many who were duped admitted that they never bothered to read media reports of how these scammers operated.

Wazir said the best way to avoid falling victim to scams was to never entertain calls from unidentified people who ask for personal details, including bank account numbers.

“The public needs to understand that authorities like the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the courts will never call to inform you that you are being investigated and there is a warrant of arrest waiting for you.

“And there is no such thing as transferring your call to another person, purportedly a police or bank officer.

“The police do not have a direct transfer line to banks.”

Superintendent Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof

Wazir said most victims would panic after getting calls from scammers, who identified themselves as policemen, and claimed that the victims were involved in a drug investigation, criminal activity or money laundering.

“Scammers will hit the jackpot when the victims respond to their requests.”

Wazir said non-existent loan schemes and financial investment programmes were used by scammers to trap their victims.

He said such scammers would start by informing their victims the details of the “process”.

He said they would then ask their victims to pay in stages.

“Such scammers promise to pay a lump sum once you finish paying all the small fees, but before you realise it, you would have given them more than what you have requested to borrow in the first place.

“By the time you realise it, all your money is gone.”

On whether the bank accounts used by scammers were traceable, Wazir said it was difficult as the criminals used third-party or stolen bank accounts of dead persons.

He added that in most cases, account holders did not know their names were being used in the scams.

Wazir urged the public not to entertain calls from suspicious individuals who identify themselves as representatives from the police, court or bank to avoid being duped.

“If you are desperate for money, go through the proper chann

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Keep abreast with changes, TYT tells UMS graduates

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Graduates, who will take over as the backbone of the country’s development, should keep abreast with current changes and development, said the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.
Juhar, who is Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Chancellor, said they also needed to be positive and have integrity, be courageous and to not lose hope easily when faced with challenges.
“With this strong and vibrant attitude, our graduates will be able to bring greater heights and glory, as well as create a new civilisation, for the country,” he said at the 21st UMS convocation ceremony, here, Saturday.

He said graduates with all the attributes would be able to bring progress to the country. Juhar also urged parents to take on their role as a motivator and encourage their children to continue their education despite obstacles and problems.

He also presented the degree scrolls to graduates during the ceremony,
The event saw 4,159 graduates receiving their Doctor of Philosophy, Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma.

Also presented were the Royal Education Awards to Mohd Hardyianto Vai Bahrun from the Engineering Faculty and Yeoh Ying Shim from the Labuan International Finance Faculty.

Meanwhile, the Chancellor’s Gold Medal was awarded to Lim Pei Sing from the Psychology and Education Faculty, while the Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal was awarded to Wong Jia En from the Food Science and Nutrition Facultry.
For the Alumni Gold Medal, it was given to Yeoh Keng Hzou from the Computer and Informatics Faculty.

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Include Sabah in the NSR: CM

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: There is a need for the State Government to explore how best to lobby the Chinese authority and provincial governments to officially include Sabah in China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (New Silk Road) routes.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) said it is necessary if Sabah were to fully harness the benefits and economic opportunities that come out of the New Silk Road (NSR) initiative.

He said Sabah has been left out of the loop despite its strategic geographical location.

“This is most unfortunate as Sabah has been trading with ancient China since over 600 years ago during Admiral Cheng Ho’s era as shown by well documented historical records,”

He said this in his speech read by Deputy Minister cum Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Palingma Wilfred Madius Tangau at the inaugural New Silk Road (NSR) Asia Pacific Forum 2019, Friday.

“The NSR initiative was launched by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2013, it has not only ushered in many infrastructure development projects to countries along the NSR region, but also huge economic benefits, opportunities as well as numerous culture, technology, ideas, and possible influx of population.

“China being Malaysia’s top trading partner will inevitably play a most important and significant role, especially with its NSR to help and propel Malaysia to achieve its shared prosperity vision by 2030,” he said.

He added that a proper and holistic grasp of NSR is crucial in developing strategies to navigate its intricacies.

“The State Government will play its role to promote, facilitate, encourage, support and welcome investment from any one of the 31 Provinces in China,” he said.

Meanwhile, the forum’s Organising Chairperson Dr Damien Lee said the original idea of the NSR was to restore the famous ancient silk route to increase connectivity between the Asian, European and African continents.

“Ultimately it is to enhance trade flows and spur long-term regional economic growth and development,” he said.

However, Damien said that the NSR has been a hotbed for debates and discussion ever since its inception, especially over its seemingly vague and suspicious agendas.

“China reiterated that NSR is not a geopolitical tool but a platform for cooperation to seek for equitable, open, all round peaceful and cooperative development with all countries along NSR, working on a ‘win-win’ outcome and situation,” he said.

On the forum, he said it aims to raise awareness and understanding of NSR which is lacking among Sabahans.

“It is also to take stock on NSR and to build network and connectivity, not so much on Central Government to Central Government where Malaysia already fully pledged to support NSR.

“But it is more on China Provincial Government to State Government (PG2SG) level, and more so on Business to Business (B2B), People to People (P2P), and Culture to Culture (C2C) as China has 31 huge provinces to tap into.

“It also focuses on Sabah to China collaboration in NSR opportunities within the agriculture, tourism, culture and environment, trade and investment sectors, especially engaging the SMEs as over 98 per cent of business establishments follow under this category.

“In short, it is to explore the most doable, practical and effective strategies and mechanism, with feedback from both the private and public sectors, business and the civil society, for Sabah to move forward,” he said.

During the event, NSR Network and Malaysia Maritime Silk Route Research Society respectively exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Brunei China One Belt One Road Association to declare their collaboration, witnessed by Wilfred.

By: Anthea Peter

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Lecture hall at Oxford University renamed Tun Razak Lecture Theatre

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

PETALING JAYA: A lecture hall at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government (BSG) has been renamed the Tun Razak Lecture Theatre at a ceremony officiated by Perak’s Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah (pic).

“Tun Razak would undoubtedly have felt at home here at the BSG. There is so much that chimes between the BSG’s stated vision of ‘a world better led, a world better served and a world better governed’, and Tun Razak’s own vision for his country,” said Sultan Nazrin at the inauguration address on Friday (Nov 22).

He added in his inauguration address statement sent to the media to mark the renaming of the lecture hall that the same vision will be instilled in the minds and hearts of many generations of leaders to come within the lecture theatre.

Tun Razak was Malaysia’s prime minister from 1970 to 1976.

Sultan Nazrin said in Tun Razak’s capacity as the Education Minister in 1955, he had drafted the Razak Report which had become the basis of the Malayan education system.

He added that even some specialised schools and colleges in the country were converted into higher education institutions and eventually universities with specialism in agriculture, science and technology, during Tun Razak’s tenure as Education Minister.

“Indeed, it seems especially fitting that a lecture theatre – a hall of learning – should be named in memory of a man who had such foundational impact upon the education of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Malaysians,” he said.

Sultan Nazrin also noted many of Tun Razak’s contributions to the country, among which includes, taking part in negotiations with the British for Malayan independence, establishing programmes and institutions to alleviate poverty, nurturing new talent, and promoting racial harmony through the National Consultative Council following the racial riots in May 1969.

He added that Tun Razak also contributed to many of the country’s foreign policy initiatives such as by championing Malaysia’s concept of working for a neutral South-East Asia.

“There are also vital moral qualities that the greatest leaders must possess, and Tun Razak demonstrated these in abundance. He was utterly dedicated to integrity and honesty in public office, and shunned all manner of corruption. He was obsessed, for example, with ensuring that not a penny of government funding was used to pay for his personal needs,” he said.

Sultan Nazrin said that Malaysians today affectionately remember Tun Razak for his sense of duty and dedication, thus earning him the sobriquet Bapa Pembangunan or the Father of Malaysia’s Development.

“It is my sincere hope that the achievements and ideals of that extraordinary man, Tun Razak – now commemorated in the name of this lecture theatre – will serve to inspire all those who are yet to pass through this prestigious institution, to become the leaders, the visionaries and the public servants of tomorrow,” he said.

Sultan Nazrin is an Oxford University alumni, having graduated with honours in his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

He also serves as a Trustee of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University.

According to Oxford University’s BSG Dean Prof Ngaire Woods, two foundations made philanthropic donations to the School to honour Tun Razak’s legacy, the Noah Foundation and the Tun Razak Foundation.

Woods said such support furthers its mission to improve governments around the world, by increasing its ability to educate a new kind of public leadership, and furthering the goal that funding should be no barrier to bringing the best people from around the world to Oxford

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Keningau Vocational College receives outstanding award at ICLESS 2019

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Four teachers and five students from the Keningau Vocational College have been awarded with the Outstanding Delegation award for their participation at the International Conference on Language, Education and Social Sciences (ICLESS) 2019, held in Pontianak, Indonesia.

These nine individuals presented their respective research papers at the two days conference which ended yesterday (Nov 20), hosted by the Pontianak State Polytechnic.

Delegation head Albert Tajo Miva said the award was to honour the commitment shown by the college’s representatives especially the young researchers.

The papers presented were closely related to the vocational field, he said.

He also said that two students, Wahyu Hidayah Juanis and Nurul Ain Hamilin, from Electrical Technology programme, presented their findings related to the use of electricity generators by people in remote areas.

Meanwhile, three students from Early Childhood Education programme – Alvira Doloris, Nur Adilah Farhana and Dedryana Alessha Vitalis – presented three papers related to the management and teaching techniques in preschool, he told Bernama Thursday.

While Albert Tajo, who is also the college’s culinary arts teacher presented his paper which analysed the needs for training for culinary arts teachers.

In the meantime, Electrical Technology teacher, Haini Kotin, also shared her paper pertaining to the teaching concept of using symbols and diagrams, while English teachers Ibrahim Ismail and Dr Sirhajwan Idek presented their findings related to games and information literacy.


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Police will not arbitrarily check individual’s phone – Sabah Police Chief

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

KENINGAU: Police will not arbitrarily check the content of an individual’s mobile phone without any reason, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah.

He said inspection would only be possible if there were reports against certain individuals about their alleged involvement in criminal activities.

Omar, however, confirmed mobile phone checking was a common practice based on police investigation procedure imposed on individuals involved in criminal cases or those with suspicious activities.

“But we (the police) don’t do it to every single person for no reason,” he told reporters after officiating the sexual harassment campaign held here on Thursday.

Omar was responding to the statement from Deputy Home Minister Datuk Azis Jamman in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday (Nov 18) that police personnel are allowed to inspect mobile phones under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 to ensure that there is no obscene or offensive content, or content that is a threat to the people and security of the country.

He said police could also carry out checks on mobile phones of individuals involved in online gambling.

Meanwhile, commenting on the campaign, Omar said it was aimed at raising awareness and provide basic knowledge to children and the community on the legal aspect and preventive measures in dealing with sexual crime cases in Sabah.

He said sexual crime cases involving children in the state showed an increase, both in urban and rural areas and with statistics from January to October this year recorded 374 cases that include incest and rape, compared with 302 reported in the same period last year.

Approximately 900 participants comprised, among others, native leaders, village heads, community leaders and customary chiefs from the Keningau, Nabawan, Tambunan and Tenom districts attended the event.

“The campaign held today is a good effort by the police to reduce crime cases involving children and teenagers,” he said.


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Young students with innovative solutions to represent Malaysia at global education summit in Rome

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
Education Minister YB Dr Maszlee Malik (centre) with students and teachers from SK Taman Bersatu, Kedah, one of the Top 10 teams who will be representing Malaysia at the ICAN Children’s Summit in Italy in late November this year. With them is Design For Change Malaysia founder Dr Shariha Khalid.

TEN teams of some of Malaysia’s brightest students will represent Malaysia at this year’s global ICAN Children’s Summit in Italy, an annual event to be held in Rome from November 27 to 30, 2019

The winning teams were selected from 94 participating teams of the ICAN School Challenge 2019 organised by Design For Change (DFC) Malaysia, a local chapter of the global education movement.

The winners, between the ages of 6 and 16 years old, will get to participate in the summit — a platform for young students to showcase their social innovation projects and exchange ideas with peers from across 60 countries.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik, who attended the closed-door event to celebrate the winners last Thursday, said that he was impressed with the quality of the students, their confidence as well as their milestones. He also took the opportunity to congratulate them personally during the session, whilst encouraging them to continue to reach for their dreams.

SK Rantau Petronas, Terengganu student Wan Amna Nafeesa, 11, said, “My team is lucky to be part of ICAN Challenge 2019. We will treasure this learning experience for the rest of our lives as great opportunities like this don’t come twice. This programme has inspired me to be a great agent of change!”

SK Rantau Petronas made it to the Top 10 teams with their project Clean Toilet Healthy Life.

Also present at the event was Nur Aishah Abdullah, 15, from SMK Lubok Buntar, Kedah who was selected as one of the 14 student members of the Design For Change Global Student Council.

A finalist in the 2018 ICAN Challenge, Aishah’s role as a member of the Global Student Council is to facilitate other children’s viewpoints to be incorporated into the global ICAN movement.

“It was very memorable to meet our Minister of Education and the changemakers from all over Malaysia (who) have made me realise that success does not depend on your background, but on how much you grow to become the best version of yourself. I look forward to growing as a leader and influence more children to create change for a better world,” said Aishah.

This year’s winning innovations impacted 500,000 lives through solutions such as river cleaning mudballs, cyber safety campaign and upcycling of single-use plastic bottles to be value-added merchandise.

Entries were received from diverse demographics including students from B40 groups and rural communities. All entries were judged by a panel of experts from corporations, global non-profits, UNICEF and the Ministry of Education (MOE)

Founded by DFC Global, the ICAN Children’s Summit 2019 is part of DFC’s global movement aimed at cultivating the ‘ICAN’ mindset in every child, a thinking process focused on training children to develop solutions for their society and the world.

Founder of Design For Change Malaysia and Board Member of Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur Dr Shariha Khalid said: “The world is changing at a very rapid pace. For education to be fit for purpose, and for our children to be fit for the future, learning needs to be from the real world where they can apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems. That’s what Design For Change is about. Empowering children to shift their mindsets from “Can I?” to “I Can!”

DFC Malaysia Education Innovation senior advisor Elizabeth Lopez said: “The ‘I CAN’ framework is designed to challenge young minds to explore solutions to real issues and in the process develop a mindset that empowers them and validates their self-worth. Immersing them in authentic learning experiences such as these is what 21st-century learning is all about.”

To continue nurturing highly-talented changemakers, DFC Malaysia would like to invite individuals, corporations and interested entities to collaborate with them.

For more information, visit DFC’s website at

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UPSR results released on Thursday

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

PUPILS will be able to collect their Primary School Assessment Reports (PPSR) on Thursday.

Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin said the PPSR, a holistic report which documents pupils’ assessments on Classroom, Psychometric, Physical Activities, Sports and Co-curricular and the Ujian Pencapaian Sekokah Rendah (UPSR), can be collected from their schools from 10am.

“Pupils with special needs can also collect the Alternative Primary School Assessment (PASR), ” he said in a statement.

Amin had said that starting from 2017, Year Six pupils would no longer be judged formally based on the number of As they score in their UPSR examination but will also receive formal reports for sports, physical and curricular activities assessment, classroom assessment and psychometric assessment.

All these components are part of the PPSR, he had said.

Pupils can obtain their results through the Short Messaging System (SMS) by sending MySMS to 15888.

“This system will be activated from 10am on Nov 21 to 6pm on Nov 27.

“Relatives can also obtain the results if the pupils are unable to do so, ” he said.

They can also log onto the Examinations Syndicate portal at

A total of 445,641 pupils registered for the UPSR, which was held on Sept 4,5, 10,11 and 12.
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Accelerate your certification journey

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

IN the accounting, banking and finance industry, having the right qualifications can take you places in terms of job prospects and diversity of projects. It helps you to get a foot in the door for bigger, more attractive opportunities. Whether you have just graduated with a degree or you are planning to take a year off work to upskill or earn a professional qualification in this field, there is a certification to fit your needs.

There are, however, several drawbacks to attaining professional accreditations. Among them are that some professional certifications require prior work experience before enrolment and the programme can take years to complete. This can then incur both a longer time spent outside the workforce and higher costs to finance your living and studies.

Fortunately, with the CPA Program under CPA Australia, you now have a chance to accelerate your journey towards attaining an internationally recognised accounting qualification.

Information session on the CPA Program at Sunway University.Information session on the CPA Program at Sunway University.

CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies, with a global membership of more than 164,000 members. Its members work in more than 150 countries and regions around the world.

The CPA Program allows for full- or part-time study and presents the opportunity to complete the programme in as few as 12 months. The programme also integrates education and experience by using contemporary and internationally relevant material to provide you with an understanding of dynamic issues facing organisations today.

One course fits all

If you’re looking to build a career based on professional accounting skills that can open opportunities to a diverse range of roles worldwide, the CPA Program is for you. Regardless of time availability and constraints, you can choose to complete the CPA Program according to your own timeline within six years and with the level of support you need for full-time or flexible study options.

The full time CPA Program is currently delivered in Malaysia by CPA Australia’s tuition providers – Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UniRazak) and Sunway TES Centre for Accountancy Excellence. International students are also able to enrol in this programme via UniRazak in the same amount of time.

If the full-time programme does not fit your current needs, worry not. Candidates can choose between flexible study options offered by the CPA Program such as distance learning or through a combined postgraduate degree.

Candidates can also opt for online or face-to-face tuition to complement the distance learning study option. CPA Australia has partnered with approved providers to deliver face-to-face tuition services for the CPA Program to help students who thrive in a classroom environment with direct contact to a facilitator.

The Malaysian tuition providers are Noesis Exed, Sunway TES, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak and UniRazak. If you are based in Singapore, the Kaplan Learning Institute provides you with tuition services, too.

So, what are you waiting for? If you have a background in accounting, banking and finance and wish to attain an internationally recognised CPA designation, fast track your journey with the CPA Program.

For details, call the CPA Australia Malaysia office at 03-2267 3388, email or visit

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