PUTRAJAYA: A syndicate providing Immigration "stamping service" has been smashed with the arrest of 14 people - all Indonesians - including its leader.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the "Anton syndicate" charged between RM150 and RM250 to stamp passports of Indonesians who had overstayed.
"After two months of surveillance, we raided two premises in Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya on Monday (Sept 14).
"At these premises, we found fake Immigration rubber stamps that were used to give the impression that the passport holders enter, leave and are in the country legally when the fact is that they have overstayed," he said on Tuesday (Sept 15).
Khairul Dzaimee said it is believed that the syndicate had been operating for two years and that in a day, it received around five to 10 customers.
"The undocumented migrants would have to come every month to seek the syndicate's service.
"This is because officially, Immigration only allows foreigners to be in the country for a maximum of 30 days," he explained.
Sixty-seven Indonesian passports were seized along with dozens of fake rubber stamps bearing entry and exit "permissions" from the Immigration at KLIA, Stulang Laut, Tanjung Kupang and Melaka Port.
Khairul Dzaimee said the department had busted six syndicates so far this year.
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