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Syndicate offering identity cards to immigrants busted
TAWAU: Police here believe they have busted a syndicate offering identity cards to immigrants following the arrest of 18 men aged between 28 and 50 since May 25.
Tawau acting OCPD, Supt Keong Ho Eng said 16 of the suspects, comprising seven Malaysian nationals, eight Pakistan nationals and a Filipino were detained after police raided a hotel in the town at about 11pm on May 25.
However, Keong said that out of the 16 suspects, only three men comprising one Sabahan and two others from the peninsula, had their detention extended to assist in investigations while the others, who were victims of the syndicate, had been freed due to the lack of evidence for prosecution.
"During the raid, all the suspects were making transactions in a room at the hotel," he told reporters, here today.
Upon checking the hotel room, police found 107 application forms for the Malaysian identity card, (JPN.KP01) which were still unfilled, five application forms which had been filled up and had the applicants' thumb prints, nine copies of birth certificates, two application forms for the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M), five cheque books, one stamp pad and RM1,000 in cash.
"All the JPN. KP01 forms that were found in the room were original forms belonging to the National Registration Department," he said.
Following the arrest at the hotel, two other male suspects aged between 28 and 37 had surrendered at the Tawau District Police Headquarters on May 27 and 28 and one of the men is a staff of the National Registration Department (JPN) in Putrajaya.
The syndicate is believed to have carged a fee of between RM1,000 and RM5,000 to apply for the Malaysian identity card. -- BERNAMA