An eight-minute-long video in which fugitive Goh Leong Yeong refutes accusations that he is the mastermind of Macau Scam has surfaced after he was arrested on Tuesday, 27 October
In the video, Goh, who had escaped the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters on 11 October, went into detail about his background before claiming he is not involved in Macau Scam activities in Malaysia.
The 32-year-old suspect, who reportedly uses a fake ‘Datuk Seri’ title and is known to his associates as Alvin, was arrested by the police at a resort in Pahang at about 1.20am yesterday, reported New Straits Times.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department (CID) director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said Goh was arrested following police’s intelligence work.
“He has been taken to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters for further action,” said Huzir.
According to The Star, he will be remanded for three days under Section 4(1)(c) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953.
It is learned that Goh planned to release the video to his friends once he was arrested by the authorities
In the tell-all video, which SAYS sighted on Facebook, Goh talked about his difficult childhood and the struggles he went through to become an entrepreneur.
“Hello, my name is Alvin Goh Leong Yeong. The moment you saw (sic) this video, I have already decided to surrender myself to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM),” Goh says in the beginning of the video.
“I am sure the news regarding the Macau Scam has been widespread across [the] nation with many news agencies reporting it. Let me address these widespread accusations.”
Firstly, he claimed that he did not use a ‘Datuk Seri’ title while running his businesses and did not know how the rumours started.
He related that he began working at the age of 13 and was living in a rented room with his father before moving to a 900sqft condominium in 2003.
“I was 15 years old at that time. Knowing how much hard work my parents took to save money to buy a property in Kuala Lumpur, I took [part-time jobs] during my secondary school [years] in SMK Taman Maluri.”
He said he had worked as a waiter, bartender, cleaner at a gym, and sales assistant between 2001 and 2005.
After completing secondary school, Goh said he started working in the Information Technology (IT) field as a sales assistant in Plaza Lowyat to support his family
He related that he was only paid RM850 a month back then.
Over the next two and a half years time, he was promoted to a sales manager before he was given an opportunity to become a franchisee of an IT-related business along with four of his colleagues.
Goh said he managed to expand his business and eventually received government projects in Terengganu, Pahang, Sarawak, and Sabah in 2011, citing these deals were only possible because he had a close relationship with vendors such as AMD, Intel, Acer, and Asus, among others.
“As an entrepreneur such as myself, I believe diversification is necessary to remain competitive in the market,” said Goh.
“We were officially the first dealership and showroom […] for DJI in Malaysia.”
He said his business expanded to include products such as facial recognition technology and thermal closed-circuit television (CCTV), among others.
After giving a brief background about himself, he addressed the accusations made by the media
Goh said he voluntarily reported himself to the MACC HQ on 2 October, adding that he only knew he would be remanded for 10 days to facilitate further investigations in the evening.
“I was treated very well in the MACC and was even given a (body) check-up on the first day I was remanded and the day I was released. This is to ensure that I was not in any way tortured or tormented during the investigation,” Goh said.
“I was finally released on bail on 11 October. I realised I could finally head home and meet my family.”
“But I came to know that others who were released on bail by MACC would be immediately be detained by PDRM officers and might be charged under the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 1953.”
“In my knowledge, being charged under POCA is very a serious matter. After 10 days of detention, I was tired and I could not think straight.”
“After I signed my own bail, I decided not to exit through the MACC building’s main entrance. Instead, I escaped through the [back] of the building.”
Goh claimed that reports that he is the mastermind behind the Macau Scam were all false
He also mentioned that he was not involved in online gambling activities in Cheras and offered high-class prostitution to Very Important Persons (VIPs).
“I wish to inform the public that I am in no way related to or involved in these activities. I also wish to clarify that I don’t know any celebrities and artistes who were called to MACC for questioning,” Goh claimed.
He added he and his company have less than RM1 million in savings, thus proving that he has no connections with RM100 million from 700 bank accounts that were frozen by MACC.
Goh also denied that he made RM1 billion from these illegal activities.
He said Bukit Aman CID director had also falsely accused him of being a coordinator for Macau Scam syndicates as he had provided the necessary devices to the syndicates to conduct their illegal activities.
He contended that he provides his IT products to people from all walks of life and that he was merely trying to meet the demand the market had.
He said he would be happy to comply with the authorities to show all transaction records of his business.
“What I just said above is true and I have sources to back every single word I just said,” Goh said towards the end of the video
He urged members of the media to report his side of the story and clear up the accusations.
Goh said he foresees many of his employees will start resigning after being harassed by authorities over the past few weeks.
He also said his business also faces tenancy agreement terminations due to the issue.
Pressured by all these factors, Goh said he decided to come out from hiding and trust Malaysia’s rule of law in finding the truth in this matter.
Source : SAYS