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Immigration Dept busts E-card forgery syndicate

PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department crippled a syndicate producing fake E-Cards (enforcement cards) in Sabah following a raid at premises at Jalan Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu on Monday.
Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said 11 Malaysians and three Filipino nationals were arrested on suspicion of being members of the syndicate.
They are currently being detained at the Kota Kinabalu Immigration Department depot to allow investigations.
Mustafar said the suspects are being investigated under Section 56 (1A) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 2002 and Section 51 (5)(b) of the same Act. He added 50 items were seized to help in the probe.
"He was the mastermind behind the syndicate which produced fake documents for the registration and relocation of foreign workers without permits (PATI) in Sabah.
"His activities were backed up by a private company operating in Kota Kinabalu. The fake documents were sold to PATI for a price between RM1,100 and RM1,200 for each card.
"The registration process was carried out by the company led by the Datuk Seri," Mustafar added.
According to Mustafar, the publishing and production processes were handled by appointed agents in Kuala Lumpur, before the cards were handed over to the illegal workers.
"The Immigration Department would like to stress that it has no dedicated programme in Sabah to manage the registration of E-cards for PATI.
"The department has never appointed, or collaborated, with any party or individuals to enforce the registration of E-card programmes in Sabah.
"The public is advised to contact the nearest Immigration Department to get accurate information, should they come across parties claiming to register PATI, or manage their E-cards," he urged.
The E-Card which was launched in Feb 15 this year functions as a temporary confirmation of employment for illegal workers, which replaces valid travel documents from their respective countries.
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