PETALING JAYA: An international migrant smuggling and fake passport syndicate has been crippled after police arrested 11 people, including three Malaysians.
Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said the arrests were made on April 30 and May 2.
"We arrested two women, one of them local while the other a Sri Lankan, at KL International Airport as they were trying to fly to Europe with fake passports.
"Following that, we arrested three more Sri Lankans and a German in Kuala Lumpur," he said in a statement on Tuesday (May 14).
More syndicate members, including two Malaysians and three Sri Lankans were nabbed on May 2 in Selayang, Selangor.
"Out of the 11 arrested, one Sri Lankan, one German, and three Malaysians are being investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 and Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.
"The others are being investigated under the Immigration Act," he said.
He added that the syndicate, which mainly involved Sri Lanka nationals, had been operating since the middle of 2018.
"It is a cunning group with networks between Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Europe," he said.