Registration Department staff from Putrajaya nabbed in police bust on IC syndicate in Miri

by Desmond Davidson
The Malaysian Insider
November 18, 2013

A National Registration Department (NRD) assistant officer was among dozens arrested by police in Miri as authorities smashed the state’s biggest syndicate behind the falsifying of MyKads and birth certificates.

The 57-year-old officer, attached to the NRD office in Putrajaya, is one of the key players in the syndicate, said Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Wira Mohammad Sabtu Osman.

Mohammad said there could be more arrests as police investigation widens.

“We will be hunting members of the syndicate that have escaped arrests,” Mohammad told a press conference today.

Mohammad said police made the arrests on November 16 after a week of surveillance at a residential estate in Desa Pujut in the Kuala Baram district.

He said police found 34 people in the house at a residential estate in Desa Pujut in Kuala Baram – about 12km from Miri town – but detained 23 of them and seized two fake MyKads, 30 copies of “birth certificates”, 69 copies of photostated certificates, an “official receipt” and three Sabah “birth certificates”.

Police also seized RM3,100 in cash, four USB thumb-drives, three stamp-pads, 10 rubber stamps of various government departments in Sabah, a laptop and a desktop computer.

Of those arrested, most were from Sarawak, while the rest comprised two Bajaus from Sabah; six from Peninsular Malaysia, including the NRD officer; and seven men and three women from the Philippines.

The two Bajaus were arrested for being in possession of fake MyKads while the 10 Filipinos were held to verify the NRD-issued travel documents they held in their possession.

Mohammad said the NRD officer was on leave and he was allegedly overseeing the operation when he was busted.

“The arrest of the Sabahans and foreigners showed that the syndicate had spread its wing to Miri from Sabah.”

Mohammad also said police are now trying to find if there is a link between the break-in of the NRD office in Bakong, about 50km from Miri, last week and the busted syndicate.

In the break-in, Mohammad said 35 MyKads awaiting collection and other documents were stolen. – November 18, 2013.

  1. #1 by Cinapek on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 - 11:12 am

    Why am I not surprised? It is an open secret that the issuance of ICs to underserving foreigners in Sabah and Sarawak is rampant. I don’t know why we even want to bother or waste time with the RCI anymore. Just do what has been suggested – withdraw all ICs issued after the 1970s and reissue them to genuine applicants.

    Do we want more Malaysians to die or suffer because these illegals with ICs are running rampant all over the country?

    • #2 by cemerlang on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 - 1:04 pm

      and have to wait for hours again and not in line some more. What’s this problem with credibility ? How much proof do you want before it is genuine ? You have all the very clever people with all the latest technologies and what you know, they too know. Everywhere you walk, you hear foreign languages. Doesn’t that even bother ?

  2. #3 by Winston on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 - 12:51 pm

    Those who do such things must be treated as traitors and punished as such.

  3. #5 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 - 11:13 pm

    Maybe this NRD officer is a ‘sub-contractor’ ? Maybe somebody should check whether there are similar ‘offices’ in the Southern Philippines and in Kalimantan as well ?

  4. #6 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 - 11:16 pm


  5. #7 by tak tahan on Thursday, 21 November 2013 - 12:58 am

    So much so at stake at the moment that nothing can’t be done until the change of government ever truly effected…otherwise dream on and blah blah…….

  6. #8 by Noble House on Thursday, 21 November 2013 - 2:33 am

    What that started out as a political agenda is turning into a nightmare with a much bigger problem than we could actually handle. The results are slowly but surely surfacing now.

    Already, some 500 – 600K more of the Bangladeshis who qualified from recent applications are waiting to make it here, as reported. What was Najib’s trip to Bangladesh all about – to say “Thank you?”

  7. #9 by undertaker888 on Thursday, 21 November 2013 - 8:13 am

    Will he get a promotion later on? Probably a Datuk title?

  8. #10 by boh-liao on Friday, 22 November 2013 - 3:47 am

    Dis is a smokeless industry generating lucratif income n it is also a BLESSED industry given d green light by orang besar in P’jaya 2 manufacture instant citizens with profiles dat they want – TREASON
    True Sabahans n S’kians truly kena sodomised n betrayed by being in M’sia – their land kena swamped/colonised steadily by illegal kaki turned instant citizens
    Funny thingy – fellow West M’sians hv all sorts of restriction in East M’sia, while illegal kaki turned instant citizens there can enjoy thingy without restriction
    Another miraculous development project of UmnoB/BN gomen, as proudly announced on billboards all over M’sia

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