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Subject: News from Malaysia Paper: Passport to detention centre for
Myanmars seeking fake papers
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Passport to detention centre for Myanmars seeking fake papers
Saturday, June 26, 1999
By Jalina Joheng
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Ignorance may be bliss but it turned out sour for
seven Myanmars who had naive hopes of becoming Malaysian citizens through
forged identity cards and work permits.
They had walked into a house in Kampung Cheras Baru here thinking they
could get the fake documents for which they were prepared to pay about
It turned out that the house had been raided four days earlier and they had
walked into the waiting arms of the police.
The seven who had turned up at 2.45am on Wednesday without knowing that the
syndicate had been busted last Saturday and news of this was over
television on Tuesday night.
Had the Myanmars watched the news bulletin on television about six hours
earlier, they would not have found themselves in such a fix.
The TV news bulletins had highlighted the arrest of two syndicate members
and six Myanmars and the seizure of an assortment of forged
Government-issued documents last Saturday - at the same house!
A police team led by Chief Inspector Yusof Saad detained the foreigners,
aged between 22 and 30, before seizing a forged Malaysian IC from one of
The seven are now at the Machap Umboo immigration detention centre. Their
arrest brings to 13, the number of Myanmars detained since last Saturday,
who had turned up to 'buy' forged Government-issued documents at the house.
Cheras police chief Assistant Commissioner Ali Hanafiah said today that
they had expected foreigners, especially Myanmars, to turn up at the house
to buy the forged documents.
"We are working closely with the Immigration Department to check on the
possibility of an 'inside job' which facilitated the syndicate to produce
the forged documents."
Last Saturday, police arrested the eight men, including six Myanmars, when
they raided the house and seized among others, a desktop computer, 177
forged foreign workers' pass, 80 Immigration Department logos, 13 rubber
stamps used by Immigration officers in Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and
Malaysia for entry purposes, five forged identity cards, four forged work
permits and four road tax discs.
They also seized 48 original unused Immigration Department receipts, 10
original Myanmar and Thailand issued passports, eight international driving
permits and eight diskettes which contained copied images of original
Government-issued documents without photographs of applicants.