Police special task force to probe MyKad-for-sale syndicate

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Huzir Mohamed. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A special task force has been set up to investigate the issuance and sale of Malaysian identity cards (MyKad) and birth certificates to foreign nationals.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Huzir Mohamed, when contacted, confirmed the matter today.

Without elaborating further, he said the task force consists of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), National Registration Department (JPN) and Immigration Department personnel.

“The setting up of the task force was approved by home affairs ministry secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim. The agencies involved will work together to combat the activities of this syndicate,” he added.

Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said several more Penang JPN personnel will be detained to facilitate investigations into the matter.

On Sept 11, police arrested 20 individuals, including a JPN officer on suspicion of being involved in the illegal issuance and sale of Malaysian birth certificates and identity cards.

The following day, six men aged between 34 and 66, including a Penang JPN assistant director, were charged in court on 32 counts related to the issuance and sale of birth certificates and identity cards to foreign nationals.