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Kickstarter kicks out ‘Encik Farhan’ over scam pledges


PETALING JAYA: The crowd-funding initiative Kickstarter and its partner company, Amazon Payments, have kicked out a certain "Encik Farhan" – after receiving allegations that this man cheated about 100 project creators of goods and money.

In a statement, Kickstarter said the company had shut down the account of Encik Farhan – purportedly a Malaysian – after it and its US-based payment processor, Amazon Payments, were alerted to a series of malicious pledges by a single individual.

"Upon learning this, we shut down this person's account, cancelled his live pledges, and permanently banned him from Kickstarter.

"Kickstarter and Amazon are working together to investigate this. We won't let a single bad apple harm the integrity or goodwill of our community," said the company.

The issue first came to light when Alex Heberling, the artist behind the webcomic, The Hues, blew the whistle on Encik Farhan after he pledged US$1,000 (RM3,130) to her campaign – only to challenge the charge to his credit card months later, after he had received the rewards for his pledge.

In two tweets last Thursday, Heberling said: "Encik Farhan pledged US$1,000 to my campaign and filed a chargeback a few weeks ago, after I said I'd started shipping rewards. I am still waiting for the results of my appeal. Losing US$1,000 will ruin me if the credit card company sides with Encik Farhan."

She also tweeted that Encik Farhan had filed chargebacks to dozens of project creators.

"I was contacted by one of the other creators he backed, who had collected responses from dozens of other creators confirming he is a scammer," tweeted Heberling.

In an online interview last week, Heberling went on to explain how the scam works, and how it would affect other project creators seeking crowd-funding through Kickstarter.

"As far as I have gathered, this guy backs a project for a very high dollar amount – hundreds or thousands of dollars – and waits for the physical rewards to ship before filing a charge dispute with his credit card provider," said Heberling.

RM19.7bil sent home by migrants 2012 amount up from RM13bil in 2010


OVERSEAS remittance by foreign workers amounted to RM19.75bil last year, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan.

It was about RM13.4bil in 2010, he said.

The amount had gone up due to an increase of access to non-banking financial institutions that allowed foreigners to transfer their money to their home countries, he told Dr Ko Chung Sen (DAP-Kampar) during question time.

Dr Ko had asked the ministry to state the amount of money remitted overseas every year by foreign workers and to which country.

Ahmad Maslan also said that the top five countries with the highest number of over-seas remittance last year were Bangladesh (RM3.3bil), Indonesia (RM2.95bil), Nepal (RM1.99bil), India (RM625mil) and the Philippines (RM561.3mil).

"As a country that has a high level of savings, Malaysia does not depend on external foreign financing to support the function of domestic economy."

"However, due to an open trade and the financial system, with strong economic fundamentals, Malaysia will continue to be a recipient of foreign capital inflow," he said.

He said that due to the uncertainty in the global financial market, Malaysia's outflow of foreign capital is still at a moderate level, showing a reversal in parts of the outflow.

"Most importantly, we must note that the reversal of capital is also experienced by other developing economies, including our neighbouring countries, and not just isolated to Malaysia," he said.

More liberty for state PKR chiefs


KUALA LUMPUR: PKR will amend its constitution to allow the party leadership in states especially in Sabah to have more autonomy in order to prevent defections.

Party deputy president Azmin Ali said an amendment to the PKR constitution would be tabled on Nov 24 to enable this move.

He denied that Sabah PKR leaders were controlled by the party's central leadership.

"They are given full autonomy but from time to time, they will discuss with the central leadership to ensure that their proposed policies are within the national framework," Azmin told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

Azmin was commenting on Sabah PKR vice-chairman Datuk Jelani Hamdan and Kadamaian assemblyman Jeremy Malajad who recently left the party.

He said the recent development was a big challenge for Sabah PKR but the top leadership would monitor the situation to ensure it would not recur.

"In the process of our struggle, some leaders and party members face political fatigue but I must remind others that this is a marathon.

"We must continue to fight for the people as we were given the mandate by the rakyat who support the reforms undertaken by Pakatan Rakyat," he said.


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