Five foreigners were arrested for presenting fake interstate travelling documents at a roadblock (SJR) near the Ipoh Selatan toll of the PLUS North-South Expressway yesterday (May 31).
According to the Ipoh District Police Headquarters (IPD) Chief Assistant Commissioner A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz, the arrests were made at around 11.45pm.
“The bus transporting the foreigners was stopped at the SJR and the individuals were suspected to be using fake documents.
“They claimed that they were headed from Johor to Kedah for work purposes whilst having the documents presented to the SJR officers in-charge.
“However, upon verification by the officers with police stations that issued the documents, the serial number of the documents was dated April 18, 2021 and they belonged to a different namesake.
“Interrogations found that the documents were sourced from their friend in Johor,” he explained in a statement dated today (June 1).
A. Asmadi added, all five were arrested for providing false information and they’re currently investigated under Section 22(d) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Compounding of Offences) Regulations 1993, which carries a RM5,000 penalty, should they be convicted.
“The suspects are also being investigated under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1953/63 for not possessing valid travelling documents.
“If they are found guilty, they’ll be subject to punishment entailing a fine of up to RM10,000, imprisonment of up to five years, or both, as well as whipping of up to five times.
“Thus, I’d like to remind the public to stay at home if there aren’t any emergencies.
“As a warning, do not attempt to deceive the authorities via any tactics such as providing false information or presenting fake documents. The police will not hesitate to take stern action in countering the ever-worsening COVID-19 transmission,” he stressed.