IPOH, Feb 13 — The Immigration Department has busted a syndicate led by an Indonesian that produces falsified travelling documents including passports, it said today.
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the raid on a terrace house in Ampang saw the seizure of passports from several foreign countries such as Indonesia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“The suspect is an expert in falsifying passports. Expired passports or passports belonging to others can be changed as per customers’ request,” he said.
Speaking to reporters after closing the department’s Special Tactical Team training here today, Mustafar added that the suspect was also capable of forging marriage books and emergency travel documents.
“Following our raid, we found 10 temporary working passes, 32 Indonesian passports, six Bangladeshi passports, two Pakistani passports, 12 marriage books, two Malaysian visa passes, 70 torn Indonesian passports, two CIDB cards, all that have been falsified,” he said.
CIDB cards refer to the cards issued by the Construction Industry Development Board to identify permitted construction workers.
Initial investigations revealed that the 44-year-old suspect has been producing falsified documents for the past two years.
“He himself had entered Malaysia using falsified papers,” he said.
Mustafar added that the suspect’s modus operandi saw him produce falsified documents for clients introduced by his friends.
“He can earn at least RM3,000 monthly and since he began operations, he had earned RM72,000,” said Mustafar.