A foreigner was using fake Malaysian IC for 39 years

Melaka: Use a fake Mykad for the past 39 years and enjoy various facilities like a Malaysian citizen including having a driver’s license.

The cunning of the suspected Filipino man ended when he was arrested in an integrated operation to prevent sharia crimes conducted by the Melaka National Registration Department (JPN) together with the Alor Gajah District Islamic Religious Office at a house in Kampung Gangsa, Durian Tunggal, Alor Gajah.

Melaka NRD director Norazle Sulaiman said the integrated operation was carried out on February 14 at 10.15pm.

According to him, the 56 years old suspect was arrested after submitting dubious documents in the form of a birth certificate, driver’s license and a copy of Mykad in the name of ‘Awang Sidik’.

The suspect even admitted that the Mykad belonged to him and that he was the real owner. However, Melaka NRD officers arrested him and took him to the Melaka State NRD office for further investigation.

“The result of the investigation found that he has been using someone else’s Mykad since he was 17 years old which was given to him by his father and is being used until now,” he said when contacted.

Norazle said, for 39 years of using a fake MyKad, the man used various citizen privileges including getting treatment at a health clinic and getting a driver’s license.

The suspect also married a Malaysian citizen and was registered at the Alor Gajah District Islamic Religious Office using the fake Mykad.

When questioned about his citizenship status, the suspect insisted that he was from Sabah, but he ‘lost’ when we showed him a departmental document that did not refer to him.

“We suspect he is a Filipino who was born in Sabah but his parents are not Malaysians,” he said.

Commenting further, Norazle said the man was accused in the Alor Gajah Magistrate’s Court last Monday and sentenced to 10 months in prison and a fine of RM5,000 after pleading guilty to the charge of using false information in accordance with Rule 25(1)(e) of the National Registration Regulations 1990 (Amended 2007).

He said that the sentence was decided by Magistrate Nurul Bahiyah Kamaluddin after receiving the accused’s guilty plea and considering the facts of the case and the arguments of the Malacca NRD Prosecuting Officer, Muhamad Azuan Muhamad Yasir who conducted the prosecution.

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