MIRI - Sarawak police has busted the biggest syndicate in the state falsifying MyKad and birth certificates.
Dozens, including a National Registration Department staff from Putrajaya, Sabahans and Filipinos were picked up on Nov 16 after a week of surveillance at a residential estate in Desa Pujut in the Kuala Baram district.
Police seized 30 copies of "birth certificates", 69 copies of photocopied certificates, an "official receipt" and three Sabah "birth certificates", apart from RM3,100 (S$1,210) in cash, four pen-drives, three stamp-pads, 10 rubber stamps of various government departments in Sabah, a laptop, a desktop computer and speakers.
Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Wira Mohammad Sabtu Osman told a press conference yesterday that police received a tip about suspicious activities at the housing estate.
"This is believed to be the biggest syndicate of its kind uncovered in Sarawak that is believed to be falsifying personal documents for sale to illegal migrants.
"We found 34 people there and after checking their backgrounds and documents, 23 were detained.
"Two are Bajaus from Sabah, seven men and three women are from the Philippines and 11 others include local Kayans," he said.
Six of them were from peninsula Malaysia, including the NRD officer.