PETALING JAYA: PAS leaders have called on the authorities to book the big guns and not just the small fry involved in a syndicate selling MyKad and travel documents, enabling foreigners to masquerade as Malaysians.
They believe the recent nabbing of 20 individuals, including Penang National Registration Department staff members, agents and middlemen, was only the tip of the iceberg.
Tumpat MP Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said only small fry was detained so far.
"The authorities should go after the big guns behind the syndicate, and widen the scope of investigations to weed out every single foreigner holding illegally obtained Malaysian identification cards and travel documents," he said.
Che Abdullah said this in response to Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed's confirmation that the 20 suspects had been nabbed under Section 26E of Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 (Amendment) 2010 following a report lodged by the Penang Immigration Department in May.
Action was also being taken under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).
Che Abdullah said it was crucial to carry out a comprehensive and transparent investigation into the matter to prevent recurrence.
"Otherwise, it would trigger speculation of possible political play to remain in power at the expense of national security and sovereignty," he said on Thursday (Sept 12).
PAS Youth chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin said the uncovering of the MyKad sales racket should trigger the national emergency alarm, warranting immediate action.
"This is a form of invasion without having to deploy an army," he said.
Khairil called on the authorities to accede to non-government organisations' call to initiate a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the matter.
He said investigations should also include missing immigration data reported earlier, influx of high number of foreigners into the country on daily basis, and the recent disruption at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport due to network failure.
He said stern action should be taken against those involved in the MyKad sales racket to serve as deterrent.
Terengganu PAS chief Senator Datuk Husain Awang said the authorities must quickly seize illegally issued MyKad and other relevant documents.
"This scandal had further affirmed speculation of existence of foreigners holding dual citizenship," he said.
Suara Rakyat Secretariat chairman Datuk Lokman Noor Adam, who is also an Umno supreme council member, questioned if action was taken only against a few NRD personnel to appease the angry crowd.
He questioned if the main players responsible in the scandal were being protected.
"Pakatan Harapan wanted to abolish Sosma. But by now, they should realise Barisan Nasional's far-farsightedness in formulating this law to tackle such issues that pose a threat to national security. Perhaps that's why Pakatan has to make a U-turn to allow action to be taken under Sosma," he said.
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