Fake royal stays regal after arrest

Walking tall: Roshidi being escorted out of the magistrate’s court in George Town.

GEORGE TOWN - Looking distinguished in a long-sleeved blue shirt, black trousers, songkok and walking stick, a man claimed trial at a magistrate's court here to cheating by posing as a royalty and using an symbol of an unregistered organisation.

Roshidi Fadzil, 47, from Taman Bunga Raya in Malacca, arrived at the courthouse in a police vehicle, and appeared confident and calm.

He pleaded not guilty to using a symbol of the Pertubuhan Amal Kebajikan Islamiah Malaysia (Pakim Diraja/Serampang Tiga) that had not been approved by the Registrar of Societies Malaysia.

He denied committing the offence at the banquet hall of Cititel Hotel in Penang Road here at about 4.15pm on Oct 23 last year.

The offence carries a jail term of up to three months or a fine of up to RM3,000 (S$1,200).

Roshidi also pleaded not guilty to cheating one Ooi Ten Seng, 39, by posing as a member of a royal family with the title "Yang Teramat Mulia (YTM) Tunku Putera Roshidi Tunku Hj Fadzil" at the same place that day.

This offence carries a jail term of up to seven years or fine, or both.

Magistrate Umma Devi Loganathan set bail at RM10,000 in one surety and fixed Nov 18 for mention. Roshidi posted bail.

As he stepped out of the courtroom, Roshidi looked into the cameras for a moment, standing straight and tall, but did not maintain the stare. He then walked away with a frown.

It was reported that on Oct 23 last year, police nabbed a man claiming to be a Kedah royal family member and 12 others.

They also confiscated a BMW 7 Series, Malacca Syariah court receipt and letter, walkie-talkie, scarves and key-chains and stickers of non-governmental organisation (NGO).

The suspect was said to be using the BMW, which had yellow plates reserved for royalty and an emblem.