Immigration Department has crippled a criminal syndicate in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, known as Abang Abu, which produced forged permits and travel documents its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said. Pix by Ahmad Irham Mohd Noor

PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department has crippled a criminal syndicate in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, known as Abang Abu, which produced forged permits and travel documents.

Its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said a 30-year-old Bangladeshi man, who was believed to be the mastermind, was arrested in an operation conducted by the department’s intelligence, special operations and analysis division

The operation started at 6pm yesterday and ended at 2am, today.

“We found two temporary work visit pass stickers, five international driving permit from Nigeria and one Malaysian driving licence in the suspect’s possession,” he said today.

“We believe that these documents were falsified. The suspect was waiting for customers who had ordered the temporary work pass stickers when he was arrested.”

“After questioning, the suspect led the intelligence team to his house in Jalan Thamby Abdullah, Brickfields. They raided his house and found two temporary work visit pass stickers, one international driving licence each from Bangladesh and Sierra Leone, an E-Kad and three Construction Industry Development Board cards in the suspect’s room.

“We also found a laptop, printer machine, card cutter, laminating machine, sticker cutter and several tools used to produce false documents.”

Mustafar said the suspect had been forging documents for two years and most of his customers were his friends or introduced by his friends.

The forged cards was sold at between RM100 and RM150 each, while the stickers were sold at between RM300 and RM500 per piece. The suspect earned about RM8,000 to RM10,000 per month from the activity.

“The suspect would receive an order directly from a customer without going through a middle man. He would conduct business with his customers at mamak restaurants in the Brickfields area,” he added.

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