SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan's Department of Environment (DOE) has urged the public to be wary of a group of men proclaiming to be DOE officers.
This follows a case reported in Galla Industrial Park here on Jan 9, where a factory owner was issued with a ‘fine’ for excessive dust production by a group of six men, who had conducted a check at the factory.
The men, who claimed to be DOE officers, had offered the victim a deal, in which the latter would pay RM1,500 to ‘Badan Kebajikan Bekas Relawan Negara Malaysia' in exchange for the fine.
Revealing this today, state DOE director Norhazni Mat Sari said the factory owner made the payment on the same day, only to be told by the suspects later that he had to make another RM3,000 payment, this time to spare the premises from being checked again in the future.
"The victim felt suspicious and went to the state DOE office to verify the matter. That was when he realised that he had been duped. A police report was lodged by the victim," she said in a statement here today.
Norhazni said the syndicate's modus operandi involved threatening to issues summonses to business owners for polluting the environment.
"We urge the public and business owners to be wary of the syndicate's activities. According to the department's standard operating procedure, every DOE officer must present the department's identification card.
"DOE officers also wear green uniforms and use the DOE's official transport, with its logo prominently displayed on the car. All business owners should be made aware of the matter," she said.
Norhazni said those seeking further information can contact the department at 06-7649017 / 18.