Where in the world is Dato Sri Nicky Liow Soon Hee? The police suspect he has yet to leave the country and are confident they will be arresting him soon.
The 33-year-old businessman’s illegal activities have been steadily exposed over the past few days. The police are currently collecting solid evidence to prosecute him.
Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay explained that Liow has been carrying out his activities since 2014. Although the authorities managed to detect it, Liow would use his connections with various law enforcement and government agencies to avoid being investigated. Liow is believed to control RM1 billion in assets while his personal bank account has RM4 million in cash. As such, he’s been able to pay them off.
“At present, we have information that he once used a bribe of RM50,000 to buy off someone. He also paid RM300 to RM5000 per month for each person,” Ayob Khan said. Additionally, he revealed that Liow would offer beautiful women and luxury cars alongside the cash which would be either given in a lump sum or monthly.
Liow’s operations were discovered after a few victims of the syndicate reported it. The police opened two investigation papers and investigated the matter thoroughly. They soon found that one of the syndicate’s transactions went into Liow’s account and that allowed the case to develop further.
They also discovered that previously, other parties had been informed of the situation, but no action was taken. “So, after discussing with the agency, we will arrest the suspect under organised crime,” Ayob Khan explained. “This is the first time in the history of commercial offences that we will be arresting under SOSMA.”
At least 34 officers and various members of enforcement agencies have been arrested, although the head honcho has not been caught. From Liow’s syndicate, 2 Datuk Seri and 6 Datuks were apprehended. The police found that 7 of them were awarded genuine titles. One of the Datuk Seri’s title however was awarded from Bali, Indonesia.
“My style is, when I catch him, I want to ensure he is charged. When charged, I want him convicted,” the Johor police chief stated. “I don’t want to see him arrested and then quietly set free like Addy Kana. When will we stop arresting them then?” The police have enlisted Interpol’s help to track down Liow. Photos of him have also been distributed throughout border checkpoints to ensure he does not escape abroad.
Although the chase has been long, we hope the police will be able to arrest Liow soon.