NRD asst director and five others claim trial to selling birth certs, MyKads to foreigners

Federal Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed had said investigations revealed that the syndicate’s agents would look for foreigners seeking citizenships and were paid between RM100,000 and RM600,000. Source (pic): TTF Files

Six people, including the state National Registration Department (NRD) assistant director, claimed trial at two separate High Courts here today to 13 charges for the issuance and sale of fake birth certificates and MyKads to foreigners.

The accused were alleged to have issued and sold fraudulent birth certificates and MyKads to Chinese nationals. The documents were issued under the names Ewe Chor Beng and Tan Xiu Xiu.

Meanwhile, the Sessions Court also fixed Oct 14 for case mention under Section 466 of the Penal Code read together with Section 109 of the Penal Code and Regulation 25(1)(i) of the National Registration Regulations 1990, respectively.

It was reported that police had arrested 20 people, aged between 32 and 70, on Aug 19, in a special operation on suspicion of being involved in the issuance and sale of personal identification documents to Chinese nationals.


GEORGE TOWN: Six people, including the state National Registration Department (NRD) assistant director, claimed trial at two separate High Courts here today to 13 charges for the issuance and sale of fake birth certificates and MyKads to foreigners.

Before Judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir, state NRD assistant director Mohd Faizul Arifin, 34, Mohd Faizal Tan Abdullah, 66, and Yap Cheng Wah, 44, each claimed trial to two counts under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (Atipsom) Act 2007.




Businessman Datuk Lai Chin Wah, 56, claimed trial to three counts.

All indicated that they understood the charges framed against them. They pleaded not guilty and asked to stand trial.

Before Judicial Commissioner Mohd Radzi Abdul Hamid, Chien Guan Chai, 36, and Loh Chan Cheong, 34, also claimed trial to two counts under the Atipsom Act each.

The accused were alleged to have issued and sold fraudulent birth certificates and MyKads to Chinese nationals. The documents were issued under the names Ewe Chor Beng and Tan Xiu Xiu.

The offences were allegedly to have been committed at the state NRD headquarters in Jalan Anson here and various parts of George Town between January and May this year.

Punishment under Section 26E of the (Atipsom) Act carries a minimum seven years and maximum 15 years imprisonment, and a fine of not less than RM50,000 and not more than RM500,000, or both upon conviction.

The accused had their pleas recorded for the first time today, after the matters were transferred to the High Court last week despite objections from lawyers representing all the accused.

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State Prosecution director Yusaini Amer Abdul Karim, who led the team of six Deputy Public Prosecutors, urged Radzi to allow the cases in his court to be transferred to Akhtar’s court so that they could be jointly heard.

He told both courts that all the charges involved the same transactions, the same witnesses and the same subject matter.

“I don’t see why the cases cannot be jointly heard since there are many similarities between them,” he added.

Lawyers representing the six accused, however, objected, noting that they had not been given any documents until now to view.

Lai’s lawyer, R. Sivahnanthan, said if they had been given the documents, they could have seen the prosecution’s merits in wanting the cases to be jointly tried.

“Now, we are merely given our clients’ charge sheets. What do we know? Nothing,” he added.

Faizal’s lawyer, Yusof Idris, said the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) clearly stated that every trial charge should be tried separately.

Both Akhtar and Radzi agreed to the prosecution’s request, with the latter agreeing to transfer the cases in his court to Akhtar’s.

Yusaini also told the court that he would be calling some 30 witnesses during the course of the trial.

Akhtar then fixed April 6 to April 10 next year for trial, and case management on March 10 next year.

Yusaini then told the court that under Section 396 of the CPC, there was a clause which allowed them to call a witness earlier than the fixed dates.

“There is an important witness, a Chinese national named Wang DeQun, who is currently in the Jawi Prisons and expected to be deported back to China upon his release on Nov 11,” he added.

Akhtar then fixed Oct 29 to Oct 31 this year to question the foreign national.

“I also want the prosecution to furnish the lawyers, representing the accused, with all the necessary documents, by Oct 10.

“I will not proceed with the prosecution’s deposition if it fails to do so,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Sessions Court also fixed Oct 14 for case mention under Section 466 of the Penal Code read together with Section 109 of the Penal Code and Regulation 25(1)(i) of the National Registration Regulations 1990, respectively.

It was reported that police had arrested 20 people, aged between 32 and 70, on Aug 19, in a special operation on suspicion of being involved in the issuance and sale of personal identification documents to Chinese nationals.

Others nabbed were 17 locals, two Chinese nationals and an Indian citizen.

They acted as agents, middlemen, sponsors and holders of the fake birth certificates, MyKads and passports.

Federal Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed had said investigations revealed that the syndicate’s agents would look for foreigners seeking citizenships.

They were believed to be paid between RM100,000 and RM600,000.

Following the arrests, they were remanded for 28 days for investigations under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, or Sosma.

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