KUALA TERENGGANU: An alert assistant land administrator has foiled an attempt by a syndicate to change the ownership of a piece of land in a village near here with the use of a forged MyKad, and led police to the arrest of three men.

The incident happened on Jan 13 when three men came to the district land office here at 4.30pm to change the ownership of a half hectare plot in Kampung Paya Palas in Kuala Nerus near here, State Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Azmi Adam said Jan 21
A 64-year-old man among them handed in an ownership change form along with a MyKad but the assistant land administrator suspected something wrong and contacted the National Registration Department for verification of the identity card, he said.

"It was found that the MyKad was forged and the officer contacted the State Commercial Crime Investigation Department," he told reporters.

The police arrested the man and the two others, aged 24 and 36 years, he said, adding that all of them were from Kuala Terengganu.

Azmi said police were looking for three other men who were also believed to be members of the syndicate.
"The police will also investigate whether any government officer was involved in the case because the land title submitted by the syndicate was original," he said.

Azmi also said that police were looking for a man who is believed to have posed as the Besut district officer to demand money from several contractors in the district.

"The suspect had contacted several acquaintances of the district officer by telephone and demanded between RM5,000 and RM6,000 claiming financial difficulty and asked them to deposit the money in a bank account," he said.

The acquaintances contacted the district officer who denied having contacted them for the money, he said, adding that four police reports were made, two at the Kampung Raja Besut police station and two more at the Jerteh police station.-- Bernama