Six charged with forging and selling citizenship documents


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 12 Sep 2019

GEORGE TOWN: Six people, including an National Registration Department (NRD) assistant director, were slapped with 32 charges at a Sessions Court here related to falsifying Malaysian birth certificates and identity cards and selling them to foreigners.

NRD assistant director, Mohd Faizul Arifin, 34, faced two charges under Section 26E Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007; four under Section 466 of the Penal Code; plus another five under Section 25(1)(i) National Registration Regulations 1990.

He is accused of committing these offences between September last year and May this year at the Penang NRD office on Jalan Anson.

The other five people were charged under Section 26E of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 and under Section 109 of the Penal Code for abetting in other offences.

Loh Chan Cheong, 34, and Yap Cheng Wah, 44, faced four charges respectively for allegedly selling forged Malaysian birth certificates and identity cards and abetting Mohd Faizul in forging the documents.

Chien Guan Chai, 36, faced two charges under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 for selling forged Malaysian birth certificates and identity cards.

Chien also faced another four charges under Section 109 of the Penal Code for abetting Mohd Faizul in forging birth certificates and identity cards.

Mohd Faizal Tan Abdullah, 66, faced two charges under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 for selling forged Malaysian birth certificates and identity cards.

Finally, Lai Chin Wah, 56, faced three charges under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 for selling a forged Malaysian birth certificates, identity cards and passports.

Lai was also charged with abetting Mohd Faizul in forging the Malaysian birth certificates and identity cards.

All 32 charges were read out separately in two sessions court before judges Salha Hamzah and Mazdi Abdul Hamid.

The cases were fixed for mention on Sept 18.

All six men were believed to be part of a syndicate selling forged MyKad and Malaysian birth certificates to Chinese nationals.

Section 26E Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 carries a jail term of between seven and 15 years or a fine of not less than RM50,000, but not more than RM500,000, or both, upon conviction.

Section 25(1)(i) of the National Registration Regulations 1990 which provides a jail term of not more than three years, or a fine of not more than RM20,000 or both upon conviction.

Section 466 of the Penal Code carries a jail sentence of up to seven years and can be subjected to a fine, upon conviction.

Section 109 of the Penal Code provides jail up to seven years or a fine upon conviction.


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