Men with ‘datuk’ titles reported to be among suspects in arson case at customs officer’s house

Evidence of arson has been found at the scene where a customs officer’s cars were set on fire.

A Customs Department officer whose four cars were ravaged in an early morning fire may have been the victim of arson, police said.

According to The Star, police found evidence of arson at the scene in front of Nor Azman Mat Jin’s home at the government quarters in Precinct 11, Putrajaya.

The Tuesday (Jan 23) morning fire also damaged part of the house.

Reports have identified Nor Azman as a senior assistant director in the department who is in charge of the Goods and Services Tax.

He and his family, including two grandchildren, were asleep when the fire started, but managed to escape through the back door when they heard their neighbours’ calls.

Citing police sources, Malay Mail reported on Wednesday that authorities are looking for several men with “Datuk” titles to assist in investigations.

While no one was named, it was reported that Nor Azman had previously been threatened over a GST case.

But Customs deputy director-general (enforcement/compliance) Datuk Zulkifli Yahya did not confirm this, adding that receiving threats was a normal occurence for officers in the department, The Star reported.