Businessman extorted over Facebook posting

Businessman extorted over Facebook posting

KUANTAN - A local dried goods businessman has lodged a police report alleging that a group of men claiming to be from Perkasa extorted money from him over a Facebook posting of a photograph of a dog in his premises.

Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK) local councillor Ngoh Tian Meng said the man, who wanted to be known only as Aw, complained that six men threatened to burn down his shop at Batu Tiga here if he did not pay up.

"The issue first came to light when a photograph of a dog in the shop's drying area was posted on Facebook.

"It was reported that MPK had already issued 33 compounds totalling RM8,250 (S$3,101) to Aw for failing to ensure cleanliness at his premises.

"However, on Wednesday, a group of men claiming to be from Perkasa showed up at Aw's shop demanding RM20,000 or else they would burn it down.

"Aw gave them RM15,000 that day," said Ngoh when contacted yesterday.

He added that Aw felt he was being extorted and subsequently lodged a police report, but later wanted to withdraw the report out of fear for his family's safety.

"Kuantan MCA chief Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker has advised him to press on, assuring that the police will investigate the matter," said Ngoh.

Kuantan OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Salleh confirmed that they had received the report, saying that police were investigating the case under criminal extortion.

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