MELAKA, (March 6) — The cheating syndicate involved in calling applicants for interviews for places at the City University was found to have in its possession 200,000 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) holders’ data, believed to be bought from a supplier at a price of between RM1,000 and RM10,000.
Melaka police chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said initial investigation found that the syndicate, which operated using the name of Unit Pengambilan Khas Institut Pengajian Tinggi (UPKIPT) Sdn Bhd based in Senawang Jaya, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, had purchased the data from the supplier via e-mail.
“The information about last year’s SPM holders were purchased by the syndicate at a price of 50 sen per data,” he told a press conference here today.
He said this in response to the media report last Sunday that the applicants called by the syndicate for interviews for places at the City University had to pay a processing fee of RM500 during the interview.
He said five women and three men, aged between 23 and 38, believed to be the company’s employees, had been arrested at 5.45 pm last Tuesday.
Chuah said all of them had been remanded until tomorrow to facilitate further investigation into the case.
He said Melaka police had received four reports about the case from parents of SPM holders in the state, with the latest made at 5.30 pm at the Banda Hilir police station yesterday.
Melaka police would also seek cooperation with agencies which logos were printed on the offer letters sent to the applicants, he said.
He said City University had so far denied having given any authorisation or approval for the company or any other companies to call for placement interviews on its behalf.
“We will investigate the matter thoroughly because the company was also found to have changed its name and specification from automotive to education around September last year,” he added.– BERNAMA