KANGAR: A Filipino man, suspected of being the mastermind behind the operations of the “Abang Botak” syndicate that produced and sold fake Malaysian identity cards, was arrested in Manjung, Perak.
Also arrested during the 2am raid on Saturday by the Perlis Immigration Department were nine foreigners, aged between two and 57, including a married couple and their two children, aged three and six.
The operation was conducted following the arrest of a man known as Abang Botak and eight other foreign men in a raid in Bukit Keteri, Padang Besar, last Friday.
State Immigration director Basri Othman said with the arrest of the 55-year-old Filipino, the department had crippled the syndicate, which had been trafficking foreign nationals into Sabah.
“We also seized two genuine MyKads, one fake MyKad, two fake marriage certificates and several other cards from the suspect and the foreign nationals,” he told a press conference yesterday.
Basri said initial investigations showed that the syndicate would smuggle Filipinos into Sabah via sea routes.
He said they would then be flown to Peninsular Malaysia once the fake identity cards, which they charge between RM500 and RM1,000 per piece, were ready. — Bernama