KUALA LUMPUR: Syndicates which produce and sell fake birth certificates and identity cards to foreigners could face action under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, the Inspector-General of Police, Abdul Hamid Bador, said today.
He said the sternest action may be taken against government officers, the public or foreigners involved, as such activities could seriously affect the country’s security.
Investigations so far indicated that the motives of the syndicates and individuals involved was only for monetary gain, he said. The National Registration Department and the Immigration Department were assisting in tracing previous cases.
On the special task force established in August to investigate the matter, he said the team reported directly to him and was led by CID director Huzir Mohamed, and comprised representatives from the CID, Commercial Crime Investigation Department and Special Branch, as well as the Registration Department and Immigration.
The investigation into syndicate activities was initially undertaken in Penang in July, under the leadership of the police chief there, but as the gravity of the matter became apparent, the task force was established with the agreement of the secretary-general of the home ministry, Alwi Ibrahim.
On Sept 19, police arrested 20 people in Penang, including an assistant director of the department, on suspicion of involvement in the production and sale of fake birth certificates and MyKad.
The 20 comprised 15 Malaysian men and two women, as well as a male and a female Chinese national, and a male Indian national.