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Anti-Crime NGO Head To Be Remanded Thursday

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PETALING JAYA: The anti-crime NGO chief arrested late Wednesday night is set to be remanded on Thursday over allegations of receiving “protection money” from an illegal gambling operator.

The 32-year-old man, who has a Datuk title, allegedly received RM25,000 from the gambling operator during a meeting near the Nilai toll plaza on Wednesday night.

He was picked up together with his foreign driver, whose work permit had expired.

Reports indicate that the Datuk had threatened to publish information about the complainant’s activities on Facebook if he did not receive “protection money”.

Fearing for his safety, the gambling operator then lodged a police report.

“The complainant was afraid and distressed over the threat. Complainant filed a report to protect himself and his family,” stated the undated police report, which is believed to have been made in Serdang.

A second report allegedly made by the gambling operator details a supposed meeting with the Datuk, where RM25,000 was said to have been handed over.

“Moments after the complainant handed over the cash by placing it in the back seat of the car as ordered, police proceeded to arrest the Datuk and seized the money,” said the report.

Police also seized five handphones and a Toyota Vellfire allegedly belonging to the Datuk. A further RM16,080 later found in the car was confiscated.

The duo will be remanded at the Seremban Court on Thursday.

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