Probe group soliciting funds
Apr 19, 2012: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) on Wednesday queried the
existence of an association believed to be representing Customs
officials and actively soliciting donations from several restaurant
operators here and Penampang.
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SAPP Information Chief Chong Pit Fah said he received numerous
complaints from business proprietors on the matter.
"The association is now actively soliciting donations from numerous
parties supposedly for launching their new publication.
"The main question is whether this association exists and registered
with the Registrar of Societies. If registered, is the Customs
Department aware of their activities?
"The way they solicit for donation is similar to forcing... I am
concerned that it is a scam by irresponsible people with intentions of
profiteering from the current economic situation.
"Business proprietors who donate at least RM300 would be given a
certificate as token of appreciation with the company name printed on
the certificate which is signed by the Honorary Secretary of the
association," he said.
He said the certificate given by them seems like a simple printout from
a photocopy shop, adding that the association's registered address and
serial number was not printed on it.
The association's existence, whether valid or not is still in question
and the soliciting for donation activities could tarnish the
department, he said.