The accused, Malyn Julismu, 27, was found to be in possession of another person’s MyKad as she was about to board a plane from Tawau to Kuala Lumpur on 27 July.
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Tawau Magistrate Court today sentenced a female foreign person to 30 days in jail and a fine of RM2,000 after she was caught trying to board a plane to Kuala Lumpur using an identity card belonging to a local woman.
According to Harian Metro, Magistrate Leona Dominic Mojiliu, handed down the sentence after Malyn Julismu, 27, from Kampung Selamat Semporna pleaded guilty to the offence.
She was caught committing the offence at Tawau Airport Departure Hall, at 10.30am, on 27 July.
Based on the charge sheet, Malyn who is also a holder of the Temporary Resident Identification Card (MyKas), was accused of possessing without valid reasons, an identification card with the name of Norlina Binti Abbai, 28.
The charge against her was in accordance with Regulation 25 (1)(o) of the National Registration Regulations 1990 (Amendment 2007), which is punishable with a maximum prison sentence of three years or a fine not exceeding RM20,000 or both.
The prosecution was handled by National Registration Department (NRD) prosecuting officer Mohd Naser Mohd Nadzeri, who argued that Malyn had committed a serious offence.
“There are many negative implications if an impersonator commits a criminal offence, including causing bank accounts to be frozen.
“There are even cases involving the owner of the real identity card who has been registered dead, thus disrupting daily life,” he said.
Malyn meanwhile asked for a lenient sentence – requesting a minimum fine and an exemption from jail sentence – as she had to take care of her sick father.
The court also sentenced her to two-month prison time if she failed to pay the fine today. She however managed to pay the fine.