Indonesians arrested on suspicion of using fake travel documents
KUCHING: A group of 19 Indonesians were arrested for allegedly producing false travel documents at Kuching International Airport (KIA) yesterday.
The 12 men and seven women have been sent to the Semuja Immigration Depo for further investigation.
A press statement from the Immigration Department said the group was already in the boarding hall waiting to board a Kuala Lumpur-bound flight when ground staff suspected something amiss with their travel documents.
Immigration officers called to the boarding hall to check the authenticity of the documents discovered that the endorsement letters, travel documents, and boarding passes of the 19 could not be authenticated.
Early investigations revealed that one of the suspects claimed the travel documents were processed by an Indonesian agent, who worked with a Malaysian counterpart, for 7.5 million rupiah (RM2,373). State Immigration director Ken Leben said the department is looking at the issue and would take stern action against the offender(s) or syndicate behind the fraud.