KUCHING: Sarawak Immigration Department has arrested 40 individuals who entered the country by manipulating the boarding pass in an operation last week.
Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said all the 40 foreigners were placed at the immigration detention depot for further investigation.
“I don’t want to mention the modus operandi in too detail as it is still under investigation. What I can say is this syndicate will buy two boarding passes, one for international travel and another for domestic travel.
“They come with an international boarding pass but upon touching down (during check) they are given domestic boarding pass,” he said in a media conference in the Sarawak Immigration Department Headquarters, Bangunan Sultan Iskandar here Thursday.
Mustafar expressed concern that the action of some syndicate or individuals could cause them to overstay in the country.
“When we obtained this information from the source, we fear that their presence in our country is for specific purposes.
“For example if these 40 people come as tourists … the social visit pass is 30 days but when they use other ways they will stay much longer,” he said.
He said further information on the case would be furnished within a certain period of time depending on the investigation being carried out.
“We will take action against the culprits found violating the law, we will not compromise,” he said.