Awie’s anti-scam convoy enters second phase, heads to East Coast

KUALA LUMPUR: The anti-scam motorcycle convoy led by rock legend Datuk Awie is entering its second phase and moving to the peninsula’s East Coast.

Awie, whose real name is Ahmad Azhar Othman, is bringing the convoy to Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan from Monday (July 25).

“The convoy heads to the East Coast next as we aim to spread more awareness on scams.

“We hope for a good response from people in these states,” he told reporters prior to the flagging-off ceremony for phase two of the Awie Ride convoy at Route 77, Harley Davidson in Ampang.

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Awie said a total of 36 riders will take part in the convoy’s second phase.

The first phase of the convoy was held from July 19 to 22, and visited Kedah, Perlis, Penang and Perak.

“I am delighted to see such a spectacular response from the people during the first phase. It is imperative that people are aware of scammers and their tactics,” he said.

While his action risked retaliation from scam syndicates, Awie said he had not received any threats so far.

“In fact, I am threatening the scammers (to stop their acts). They even tried to dupe me a few times but failed,” he said.

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Asked if he planned to organise an anti-scam concert next, Awie said he was currently focused on the convoy, which has earmarked the southern states for its third phase.

“Let us settle the convoy first and we’ll see,” he said.

The convoy was flagged off by Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din.

Comm Mohd Kamaridin said in his speech that he is grateful for the cooperation shown by Awie and the convoy participants in spreading more awareness on scams.

“Scams are a growing problem.

“Anti-scam campaigns such as this are important to ensure that (the public) has sufficient information to protect against scammers’ tactics,” he said.