Ex Malaysian Police Chief Owned 10 Properties On RM12,000 Salary - The Coverage

Ex Malaysian Police Chief Owned 10 Properties On RM12,000 Salary

He is currently under trial for money laundering and failing to declare ‘commissions’ received in a sworn statement.

Datuk Ku Chin Wah, used to be Kuala Lumpur's CID chief. Image from Saw Siow Feng / The Malay Mail

It had been revealed that former Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah owns 10 properties in Malaysia, even though he only earned RM12,107.81 monthly, after a deputy public prosecutor testified at Ku’s money laundering trial.

DPP Mohd Asnawi Abu Hanipah, who was testifying as a witness, also revealed that Ku’s wife was earning RM8,000 a month, as he read out Ku’s declaration of assets at the Sessions Court, reported The Malay Mail.

“For immovable properties, there is a terrace house in KK (Kota Kinabalu), Seri Kenangan apartment in Wangsa Maju, a house in Puchong, a low-cost shop in Kampung Sentosa, Serendah, a shop house in Bandar Permai Malacca, an apartment at Jalan Megah KL, a service apartment at Swiss Garden Residences, land for bungalow in KL, land for bungalow on Sabah, in Kundasang, and a service apartment in Bangsar South,” Mohd Asnawi told the Sessions Court here.

Ku also owns two plots of “land for bungalows” — one in Kuala Lumpur and another in Kundasang, Sabah, he said.

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Not all properties are declared in Ku’s name, some were registered to his wife. Ku is charged with money laundering because while he declared his assets, his source of income that allowed him to purchase the assets were not revealed, according to prosecutor DPP Budiman Lufti Mohamed.


“The charge is because he failed to declare all his sources of income in the written statement under oath and affirmation. He didn’t reveal the source,” he said.

Ku’s declaration of assets also revealed that he and his wife owned 3 businesses, and also held shares in multiple companies including Malaysia Airlines Berhad, Genting Berhad and F&N, totalling over RM646,000.

The couple owned 5 cars, including a Peugeot 308 and a Hyundai Sonata, and were paying for 18 insurance policies for themselves and their two children.


The former KL CID chief was charged under Section 49(3) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 for failing to declare his acceptance of a “commission” amounting to RM961,500 in a sworn statement dated January 8, 2014.

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If found guilty, Ku faces a maximum fine of RM1 million, imprisonment of up to one year, or both.

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