Fast-food seller’s predicament could be a case of identity theft

Yap (second right) with Kho (left) and the fastfood seller in discussion with a Companies Commission of Malaysia officer.

KUCHING, March 21: A fast-food operator believes the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) must have made a mistake in wanting to compound her RM5,000 for allegedly failing, as a company director, to file in the annual statement of accounts of the company.

Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Public Complaints Bureau chief Wilfred Yap is assisting her to lodge a formal complaint for proper investigation to be carried out.

Yap, in a statement today, said her grouses was highlighted to him by Kapitan Kho Phek Choo after the fast-food operator, who is staying at KMC Flats, received a letter from SSM offering notice to compound her RM5,000 under the Companies Act for her alleged failure as company director to file in the annual statement of accounts of the company.

The woman informed Kho that she was scared as she was just a fast-food seller.

She claimed she had never owned shares in any company and that she had never been appointed as a director of any company. The woman has already lodged a police report on the matter.

Following her request for assistance, Yap, who is a lawyer, assessed her situation to see what could be done to resolve her problem. He has since, together with Kho, accompanied the fast-food seller to meet up with an SSM officer and to lodge a formal complaint.

“Yap will continue to follow up and monitor the situation closely until the predicament facing the fast-food seller is completed and the culprit properly prosecuted and charged under the Companies Act and other relevant laws and regulations,” said the statement.

SUPP Public Complaints Bureau warned the public that cases involving identity theft had become quite prevalent these days.

To assist the public, the Bureau issued a list on what can be done to protect and prevent the public’s identity from being stolen:

1. Share minimal personal information on social media;

2. Do not give personal information and photocopy of identity card when dealing with an unfamiliar party;

3. Do not click on any link in suspicious e-mail, messages or websites;

4. Set social media accounts to private mode and only add people you know;

5. Do not be greedy and do stop communicating when a deal is too good to be true.

“SUPP Public Complaints Bureau is always ready to lend a helping hand to the anyone facing problems or who come across problems of public interest but does not know how to deal with it,” said the statement.

Anyone requiring assistance can always call SUPP Public Complaint’s mobile number at 016-7797688 or 082-246999 or go direct to SUPP Head Office to request for assistance. — DayakDaily