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Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador (right) today said more arrests will be made soon as investigations into the sale of MyKad to foreign nationals intensifies. (BERNAMA)

GEORGE TOWN: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador today said more arrests will be made soon as investigations into the sale of MyKad to foreign nationals intensifies.

He said several state National Registration Department (NRD) officers will be picked up soon to assist in the investigations.

“We have identified several officers in Penang in our probe.

“This will be the second phase of arrest,” he told a press conference here today.

Present were Federal Narcotics Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd and state police chief Datuk T. Narenasagaran.

Abdul Hamid said Federal Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed would issue a statement on the matter soon.

It was reported that police have arrested 20 people, aged between 32 and 70, on Aug 19, including a state NRD assistant director, in a special operation on the sale of personal identification documents to Chinese nationals.

Others nabbed were 17 locals, two Chinese nationals and an Indian national.

The suspects acted as agents, middlemen, sponsors and holders of the fake birth certificates, MyKads and passports.

Investigation revealed that the syndicate's agents would hunt for foreigners seeking citizenships, and believed to have paid between RM100,000 and RM600,000 for the documents.

They have been remanded for 28 days and investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 or Sosma.

On Sept 12, six people, including a state NRD assistant director, were charged in two separate Sessions Courts here with a total 32 counts for various offences in connection with the issuance and sale of MyKads to foreigners.

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