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Malaysian police arrest two, cripple counterfeit money syndicate

KUALA TERENGGANU (BERNAMA) – ​Terengganu police have crippled a syndicate involved in producing and distributing counterfeit currency in the state, believed since a year ago, with the arrest of two men in a raid in Malaysia on October 29.

State police chief Datuk Mazli Mazlan said the suspects, aged 28 and 33, from Selangor and Terengganu were arrested in a raid dubbed Operation Rajawali at a rented house in Kuala Terengganu town at 4am.

He said the two men learnt how to produce counterfeit money exclusively through YouTube tutorials.

“The suspects allegedly used the counterfeit money to buy small items such as cigarettes, stationeries and cheap food at groceries to get real money as change. The counterfeit money is also used in the black market to buy drugs,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Following the arrest, he said, the police also seized 27 counterfeit MYR100 notes, two mobile phones, a laptop, a printing machine, a car and various tools to make counterfeit currency.

According to Mazli, the activities of the two men came to light when an employee of a stationery shop lodged a report that he had received counterfeit money while working. With their arrest, Mazli said the police believed they would be able to solve 69 counterfeit money cases reported in the state since last year.

State police chief Datuk Mazli Mazlan during a press conference. PHOTO: BERNAMA