May 15, 2013

MALAYSIA: Filipino Woman And Son Jailed After Giving False Information When Applying For Malaysian Identification Documents For Filipino Immigrants

The Star, Malaysia
written by Staff
Tuesday May 14, 2013

KOTA KINABALU - The Sessions Court here sent a 43-year-old Filipino woman and her 24-year-old son to jail for two years after they admitted to giving false information in a bid to get Malaysian identification documents.

Court judge Ummu Kalthom Abdul Samad meted out the sentence against Musadia Alpah and her son Azimar Jainal after admitting that they had committed the offence under the Immigration Act at the Wisma Dang Bandang here on March 25 this year.

They were accused of committing the offence under Section 56(1)(k) of the Act that provides for a jail term of up to five years and a maximum fine of RM10,000 in a bid to obtain the IMM13 identification document for Filipino immigrants.

Immigration Department prosecuting officer Noor Jamri Jamal told the court that Masudia was a holder of a valid IMM13 document that was due to expire on May 21.

She had previously held a similar document that expired on May 21, 2003 and the names of her two sons - Basir Jainal and Azimar - were included in it.

Noor Jamri said the Basir and Azimar's names were removed from Masudia's IMM13 and the document that was issued for Azinar was instead used by one Yassir John Salleh.

Masudia and her son went to the Immigration Department on March 25 to apply for a new IMM13 document for Azimar and they were promptly arrested when officials discovered false information.

In passing the jail sentence against the duo, Ummu Kalthom said she took into consideration the seriousness of the offence towards the nation's security and the need to deter would-be offenders.

Meanwhile, Ummu Kalthom also ordered Azimar to be jailed for another four months after he admitted to entering the state illegally at the same time and place.

She also ordered Azimar to given two strokes of the rotan after he pleaded guilty to the offence.

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