Man gets nine years for posing as Johor royal

JOHOR BARU - A man was sentenced to nine years in jail and 16 strokes of the rotan by the magistrate court here for masquerading as a member of the Johor royalty to cheat five individuals of almost RM70,000 (S$26,500).

The first nine charges accuse Mohd Firdaus Abdullah, 28, who claimed to be Tengku Putra Raja Sulaiman, of cheating Eisah Sulaiman, 61, between April 17 and Sept 10 by claiming to help her get aid from the palace for elderly citizens.

Eisah had handed over a total of RM32,080 to the accused, believing she would receive the necessary help from Mohd Firdaus, who was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum jail sentence of not more than 10 years, a fine, and whipping upon conviction.

Mohd Firdaus pleaded guilty in front of magistrate Mohd Azlan Shah Mohd Allias who sentenced him to a year in jail with one stroke of the cane on each charge here yesterday.

In another magistrate court on the same day, he pleaded guilty to seven additional charges of cheating four other individuals.

Mohd Firdaus cheated Kamal Khairi Sulaiman, 29, three times in September through selling two used cars and a plot of land in exchange for RM4,950.

The accused, who was not represented, also duped Rogayah Sulaiman, 54, twice when she give him RM30,150 in exchange for aid for single mothers as well as land grants from the Johor palace.

He was also charged with cheating Mohd Hafiz Abdol Hadi, 31, on Oct 3 by offering to sell him a house for RM700.

The final charge accuses Mohd Firdaus of cheating Mohd Afandi Zakaria on Dec 10 by claiming he could help the victim get a low cost house for RM1,350.

Magistrate Salina Omar meted out a year in jail and a stroke of the cane for each offence, and ordered the sentence to run concurrently from Dec 30, the date of arrest.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Chan Lee Lee and Noor Farhana Adham were the prosecutors.