Fake 6P amnesty ring slips up

JOHOR BARU - A syndicate that has been issuing fake 6P amnesty programme slips to foreign workers who had failed to register under the programme has been busted.

The syndicate, which duped foreign workers into believing they had registered under the programme introduced by the Government early this year, had allegedly raked in RM20,000 (S$8,228) daily.

Johor Immigration Department enforcement chief Mohd Nakhafi Hassan said initial investigations revealed that the syndicate, which has been operating for two weeks, charged each foreign worker between RM500 and RM800.

He added that the syndicate would issue a 'slip' from the Home Ministry, which stated the programme would be extended to a new date.

The department detained three men and a woman, all locals, aged between 36 and 47, during a raid at a double-storey shophouse at Taman Puteri in Kulaijaya around 8pm on Thursday.

"We also seized a laptop, a printer and a thumbprint scanner used by the syndicate to issue the fake slip as well as a bus," he said.

Mohd Nakhafi added that the department also detained 31 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Indo­nesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar and the Philippines. They were waiting for their slips.

"The department also found that the syndicate provided transportation service to pick up the illegal immigrants at a secret location before taking them to their premises," he said.