PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department has crippled a passport forgery ring in Kuala Lumpur with the arrest of two men, including the mastermind, known as "Mama Bangla".
In an operation covering three areas in the city on Thursday (Sept 12), the department first arrested the 39-year-old man in Brickfields and found four Bangladeshi passports, six temporary work permit stickers and six i-Kads, all believed to be fake.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the man later revealed the mastermind of the forgery ring was actually a younger man known as Mama Bangla, who charges between RM50 and RM200 to create fake travel documents.
"Our next step was to lure Mama Bangla out and we managed to set up a meeting with him on Jalan Munshi where he was later arrested and found to be carrying two Bangladeshi passports," Khairul Dzaimee said in a statement Friday (Sept 13).
Mama Bangla, 25, later led the officers to a condominium on Jalan Putramas where they found 17 foreign passports and six temporary work passes, all believed to be fake along with computers, printers and scanners, that were allegedly used to forge the documents.
Both men are now being detained at the immigration depot in Putrajaya for further action.