Foreigners use fake passport copy to deceive immigration

BENTONG, 30 January 2024 – Attempts by two Pakistani men to deceive enforcement officers by presenting copies of forged passports were unsuccessful in their efforts to escape during a raid by the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) in Pahang State at a flat in Bukit Tinggi early this morning.

Further checks revealed that the two suspects had overstayed and the details of the owners on their passport copies and Temporary Work Visit Passes (PLKS) had been amended. Both suspects admitted to having obtained the fake copy for RM50 and had used it for almost a year to avoid being caught by the authorities.

The operation which started at 1.15 to 4.00 in the morning was also joined by the Immigration Director of Pahang State, Muhammad Hatta bin Kassim and assisted by officers from Terengganu State JIM and the National Registration Department (JPN) of Pahang State.

A total of 89 foreigners living in the flat were checked. 59 of them consisting of 29 nationals of Pakistan, Myanmar (17), Indonesia (12) and the Philippines (1) were arrested for committing offenses under Sections 6(1)(c) and 15(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.

All the detainees between the ages of 3 and 74 were taken to the Kemayan Immigration Detention Depot, Bera for further investigation. The owners of the houses involved will be traced to help the investigation.

JIM Negeri Pahang will continue enforcement operations to crack down on illegal immigrants (PATI) in the state. Strict action without compromise will be taken against PATI and any party that protects PATI.

Source: JIM Pahang

Malaysian Immigration Department Pahang State
Terengganu Malaysian Immigration Department

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