Man jailed for using false information to obtain Malaysian identity card

KOTA KINABALU: An undocumented foreigner was sentenced to 12 months in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of providing false information to apply for a Malaysian identity card in 2011.

Amir Abdullah, 44, was charged before Magistrate Mohammad Azeem Mohd Ridzo at the Kinabatangan Circuit Court on Tuesday (June 25), a day after he was arrested in Sandakan.

Mohammad Azeem ordered the accused to serve a 12-month sentence starting from the date he was arrested and referred to the Immigration Department after completing his sentence.

Amir was charged with registering an identity card in someone else’s name at the Kinabatangan District National Registration Department (NRD) at 11.52am on May 5, 2011.

The charge was framed under Regulation 25(1)(b) of the National Registration Regulations 1990 (Amended 2007).

Amir appealed for a lenient sentence because he had to support four children, while the Prosecuting Officer, Mohd Faizal Tahir, argued for a deterrent sentence because the offence of falsifying documents was serious.

The registration department detected that Amir used someone else’s birth certificate to obtain an identity card after the actual person applied for the identity card on June 12, 2015.

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