Immigration busts document, stamp forging syndicate

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the syndicate had been active for the past 18 months with a regular clientele from the Klang Valley. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the syndicate had been active for the past 18 months with a regular clientele from the Klang Valley. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 — The Immigration Department busted a document and stamp forging syndicate allegedly masterminded by a Pakistani national in a raid last night at a premises in Sri Gombak.

In the 8pm raid, several entry and exit stamps for the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Sultan Abu Bakar Complex, Singapore security stamp, stamps bearing the name of senior officers in the Malaysian Immigration Department, international passports, Temporary Employment Visit Passes, and the soft copy of a ‘Special Pass’ were found at the premises.

The 26-year-old alleged mastermind nicknamed ‘Abang Bai’ and his three siblings, including a 13-year-old boy, were detained to facilitate investigations.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the syndicate had been active for the past 18 months with a regular clientele from the Klang Valley.

"The suspects were believed to have charged RM200 for customers who wished to obtain a ‘Special Pass’ valid for 30 days, and RM100 for immigration stamps from the country’s main entry and exit points," he said in a statement here today.

Mustafar said the suspected mastermind would usually meet regular customers at a designated premises and ‘endorse’ passports in a car or toilet at the premises.

Initial investigations revealed the man purchased the immigration stamps for RM1,000 each from a local, he added. — Bernama

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