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National Registration Department officers checking the items seized in a raid on a fake MyKad syndicate in Tawau recently. Experts say apart from posing a security threat, those in possession of forged documents also deprive locals of work opportunities. Pix by Rahemang Taiming/ NSTP

KUALA LUMPUR: IMMIGRANTS are securing jobs using fake identity cards, exposing employers to the risks that come with paying those who are not the people they claim to be.

A staggering 273 cases of foreigners being in possession of fake MyKad were filed last year, and most of them point to Sabah as being the source of the documents. Of the total, many were Filipinos.

The National Registration Department (NRD) believes that many may have entered the country via Sabah using their passports and used fake documents supplied by syndicates to apply for work.

There are those who were duped into believing that the documents they bought were genuine and gave them bona fide citizenship status. Some have been caught, but many still live and work among us.

NRD director-general Mohd Yazid Ramli said in general, the detainees could be categorised into two groups: those who used fake MyKad and those who were in possession of genuine documents belonging to others.

Yazid said investigations revealed that these foreign workers entered the country mainly through Sabah, rather than taking flights to the peninsula.

“It is not within the department’s authority to monitor foreigners’ entry into the peninsula from Sabah and Sarawak,” he told the New Straits Times.

On how it is possible for foreign workers to use genuine MyKad, he said such documents were missing or stolen ones involved in criminal cases.

 “The department’s Investigation and Enforcement Division is probing into every arrest to identify the syndicates.

“Investigations have led us to the agents involved in selling and producing the fake documents. We are monitoring them, and action will be taken once we have gathered strong evidence on their involvement.”

Yazid said there would be a deeper probe into the case involving the recent arrests of two masterminds who appeared to be related to a major syndicate supplying fake MyKad in Sabah.

Last December, NRD nabbed 10 people, including the two, in a special operation in Tawau.

The masterminds were locals, while seven others were Indonesians who possessed fake documents and were also the syndicate’s agents. Another was a Filipino. Two agents and five foreigners, believed to have bought fake documents from the two women, were arrested in Sandakan last November.

Yazid said NRD would upgrade the quality of MyKad from time to time, to prevent syndicates from producing fakes.

He urged employers to be vigilant when recruiting workers, adding that they must employ only those who had genuine MyKad.

 He said more operations would be carried out following a series of arrests involving foreign workers using fake documents to secure jobs, particularly in the security sector.

Those found to be using such documents will be arrested under Regulation 25(1)(e) of the National Registration Regulations 1990 (Amendment 2007), which carries a penalty of a maximum of three years’ jail, a maximum fine of RM20,000, or both.

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