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Six arrested in Malaysia oil bunkering scam

Suspects include a Datuk Seri and three Datuks in RM27.5 million scam under Royal Gold, say Malaysia media.

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A total of six suspects, including a Datuk Seri and three Datuks, working at Kuala Lumpur-based investment firm Royal Gold have been arrested at Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in late January.

The group were allegedly behind a scam involving gold bar and bunker trading activity, said Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh.

“The suspects consist of the company directors and organisers of the scheme whereby the syndicate conducted its operations by offering two major investments, namely gold bars and oil trading with lucrative returns for a period of nine months,” he said during a press conference, as quoted by Malaysia state newspaper Bernama.

“For the gold bars investment scheme, investors were promised a return of 2% per month while for the oil bunkering scheme, they were promised a return of 15% every month, also for a period of nine months.”

To date, 193 complaints with a total contract value of RM 27.5 million ($7 million) have been made against Royal Gold since October 2017, reports The Star.

It estimated total losses to be RM 200 million when considering the remaining unregistered complaints.

A member of Malaysia’s royal family, though not arrested, was among suspects in the scam, notes the report; it added official Royal Gold documents had the individual’s royal seal.

“We are trying to verify if he is part of the group, or just used to woo investors,” said Datuk Seri Singh.

Police confiscated eight luxury vehicles, eight mobile phones, three ATM cards, four gold wafers, three branded watches, five cheque books and RM200,000 in cash in the January raid.

Investigations continue.

Photo credit: The Star
Published: 5 February, 2018
 

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Singapore: Bunker firm Sea Hub Energy to be wound up voluntarily

Development comes following directors, Lim and Ang, lodging a SD stating the firm cannot continue its business due to liabilities; Ang was sentenced a 35-month imprisonment in 2021 for MFM systems tampering.

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Sea Hub Energy Pte Ltd (Sea Hub), a company formerly in the business of chartering and trading of marine fuels at Singapore port, will be wound up as a Creditors’ Voluntary Winding Up, according to a Government Gazette notice published on Monday (15 April).

This came following an Extraordinary General Meeting held on 5 April.

The Special Resolution set out below were duly passed:

  • That the company be wound up as a Creditors’ Voluntary Winding Up pursuant to Section 160(1)(b) of the Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act 2018 and that Tan Wei Cheong and Lim Loo Khoon, both care of Deloitte & Touche LLP, 6 Shenton Way, OUE Downtown 2, #33-00 Singapore 068809, be appointed as the Joint and Several Liquidators (the Liquidators) for the purpose of the winding up.
  • That the Liquidators be at liberty to exercise all or any of the powers conferred on them pursuant to the Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act 2018.

Manifold Times previously reported directors of Sea Hub lodging a statutory declaration (SD) stating that the company cannot continue its business due to its liabilities.

In the SD lodged on 5 March, the directors, Lim Seet Huat and Ang Heng Lye, said the meetings of the company and its creditors have been summoned for 5 April 2024, being a date within one month of the date of the SD.

In June 2021, the State Courts of the Republic of Singapore issued Ang a 35-month imprisonment sentence, due to his role in a conspiracy to tamper with the mass flow metering (MFM) systems on board Singapore bunker tankers Southernpec 6 and Southernpec 7 between October 2018 to April 2019.

During the period of offence, Ang was employed as a consultant at Ocean Express Pte Ltd; around June 2018, Ang was acting as a consultant and partner of Success Energy Service Pte Ltd.

Lim, who founded Sea Hub in 2007, is a 70% shareholder of the company where he also works as its Shipping Director overseeing vessel management and chartering operations; the remaining 30% shareholding of the firm belongs to Trading Director Ang.

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Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 19 April 2024

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Singapore: Annual general meetings scheduled for Xihe Holdings subsidiary

Annual general meetings will be held on 26 April for Xin Bo Shipping to receive an update on firm’s liquidation, according to Government Gazette notice.

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A notice was published on the Government Gazette on Thursday (11 April) regarding the annual general meetings to be held on 26 April for Xihe Holdings subsidiary Xin Bo Shipping (Pte) Ltd.

Annual general meetings for Xin Bo Shipping are to be held at the following times:

For the company: 2pm
For the creditors: 3pm

The agenda for all the meetings are:

  1. To receive an update on the liquidation.
  2. To receive an account of the Liquidators’ acts and dealings, and of the conduct of the winding up.

The following are the details of the liquidator:

Ho May Kee
Liquidator
c/o 8 Marina View
#40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1
Singapore 018960

Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries are owned by the Lim family, who are also the owners of the embattled Hin Leong Trading.

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Related: Singapore: Creditors to file debt claims for Xin Bo Shipping by 14 June
Related: Xihe Holdings subsidiary Xin Bo Shipping placed under judicial management
Related: JMs of An Guang Shipping and other Xihe subsidiaries call for creditors meeting

 

Photo credit: Jo_Johnston from Pixabay
Published: 12 April 2024

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Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

MMEA successfully apprehended a Myanmar national who was captain of ship and four crew members comprising two Indonesians, one Myanmar national and a local citizen, as well as a tanker lorry driver.

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Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

The Tawau Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Tuesday (9 April) detained a tugboat and a tanker lorry that were found to be carrying out an illegal fuel transfer in the waters of Tanjung Batu, Tawau.

MMEA Tawau Zone Director Shahrizan Raman said patrol boats received information from Tawau Maritime Zone intelligence unit regarding the operation at Komsa Tanjung Batu jetty at around 2.10 am.

Patrol boats that arrived at the scene found a tanker lorry on the jetty transferring about 10,000 litres of fuel to a tugboat.

Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

During the raid, MMEA successfully apprehended a Myanmar national who was the ship captain and four crew members comprising two Indonesians, one Myanmar national and a local citizen. The tanker lorry driver, a local, was also arrested in the operation.

All suspects were men and aged 32 to 57 years. MMEA added an inspection of their documents found no authorisation permits related to the fuel transfer activity.

MMEA said the boat and tanker lorry were seized with their fuel cargo before being escorted to the Tawau Maritime Zone Jetty for further investigation.

Malaysia: MMEA seizes tugboat and tanker lorry for illegal fuel transfer

The value of the seized items and fuel was estimated to be almost MYR 250,000.

This case is being investigated under the Customs Act 1967, Control of Supplies Act 1961 and Petroleum Development Act 1974. 

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 15 April 2024

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