Illegals resort to breaking the law to get vaccinated

PONTIAN: They do not have proper documents or a Mysejahtera ID to enable them to register for Covid-19 vaccination.

So some illegal immigrants are resorting to assuming the identity of someone else. Others would produce fake documents to support their case.

Such a ruse was detected and so far at least two foreigners have been arrested at a vaccination centre in Pontian.

It is learned that both of them were arrested after the state government started allowing walk-ins at vaccination centres throughout Johor recently.

But ironically for them, foreigners are indeed entitled to be given the jabs under Malaysia’s immunisation programme. This include undocumented migrants and refugees.

Officials said they foresee more foreigners, especially the undocumented, trying to impersonate others to get the vaccination.

The two cases in Pontian involved a 40-something woman from India and a Bangladeshi in his 30s.

Both were arrested by officers from the district commercial crimes unit for cheating by impersonation and breaching the Passports Act.

In the first case, a health official at the vaccination centre suspected something amiss and decided to check the woman’s passport.

It was later discovered that it was a fake document which was registered under a man’s name.

In the case of the Bangladeshi, he was stopped when the name and passport number that he had provided to health officials was similar to that of another person who had already taken the inoculation earlier.

Sources said that the Bangladeshi had been given the jab but officials at the centre detected the discrepancy when they entered his details into the system.

State health officials have since alerted all vaccination centres offering walk-ins or dealing with foreigners to be vigilant against imposters or those coming with fake documents.

Pontian OCPD Supt Mohammad Shofee Tayib, when contacted, confirmed the arrest of both the foreigners, adding that investigations were underway.

In an unrelated case, Supt Mohammad said that four people, including a woman, were arrested for carrying out illegal loan shark activities around Pontian.

OCPD Supt Mohammad Shofee Tayib said one of their victims was a woman who received a threatening call in May from a loan shark demanding that her son’s loan of RM35,000 be paid up.

“The loan shark threatened to throw paint at her house and warned that the debt would only be considered settled once she dies,” he said.

The woman tried to explain to the loan shark that her son was working in Singapore and had not returned to Johor.

Supt Mohammad said that police nabbed the suspects, aged 26 to 29, around Pekan Nenas on Thursday.

Items including mobile phones, a car and a list of all their victims were also seized.

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