MALACCA: For RM350, dozens of foreigners are able to obtain fake MyKad from a syndicate believed to be based in Kuala Lumpur.
Malacca National Registration Department (NRD) discovered that the documents range in price from between RM350 and RM1,000 each, depending on the quality.
State NRD director Norazle Sulaiman said they found out about the syndicate following the arrest of 13 foreigners during a raid on Saturday.
“This is just the tip of iceberg and we are intensifying our operations as we believe there are more illegal immigrants with fake MyKad in the state,” he said when contacted.
It is learnt that the foreigners with the false MyKad had addresses in Sabah to avoid detection.
Locals in suburban areas here claim the foreigners with false MyKad have been using the falsified documents when purchasing products like smartphones.
Norazle said several of the foreigners detained on Saturday had MyKad that belonged to Malaysians.
He added 12 Indonesians from Sulawesi and a Philippine national from Zamboanga were detained at various spots in Tambak Paya,Tiang Dua, Taman Merdeka, Paya Rumput and Sungai Udang here during the four-hour operation.
“The raid was conducted following a tip-off as well as surveillance on construction and factory sites,” he said.
Norazle added those detained were aged between 19 and 40 years and investigations are being carried out under Regulation 25(1)(e) of the National Registration Regulations 1990 which carries a jail term of not more than three years or fine not exceeding RM20,000 or both upon conviction.