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Staying illegally in Sabah 25 years
Published on: Saturday, November 21, 2020
By: Cynthia D Baga
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Kota Kinabalu: A 48-year-old Filipino who has been in the State for 25 years without document and used other’s MyKad was jailed for a total of three years and ordered to get two strokes of the cane for illegal entry.

Sessions Court Judge Elsie Primus handed a year’s jail and two lashes of the cane to Majang Jalain who pleaded guilty to entering the State illegally through Jalan Tikus (rat trail).

He was arrested at 11.45am on Nov 6 this year in front of the Kedai Billiard Jafrin Bersaudara in Putatan after failing to produce his document to the police during inspection.

The offence under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 which provides for a jail term up to five years, or a fine of up to RM10,000, or both, and whipping, upon conviction.

During mitigation, Majang who was not represented, asked for leniency.

The court was informed that Majang had another charge in the Magistrate’s Court for using someone else’s MyKad. The court asked Majang where he got the document and he found the MyKad at a mosque.

Prosecuting Officer, ASP Sabrina Jinius urged the court to impose an appropriate sentence.

The court ordered Majang to serve the jail sentence from the date of his arrest and to be referred to the Immigration Department after serving his sentence.

In the Magistrate’s Court, Majang was handed another two years’ jail for using someone else’s MyKad.

He admitted before Magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun to using the document at the same place and time.

In asking for a light sentence, Majang who has seven children, informed Jessica that he found a wallet with a MyKad inside it.

He claimed that he tried to hand over the document to a security at the mosque but the guard did not want to receive it and only asked for Majang’s handphone number.

Jessica also ordered Majang to serve the jail sentence from the date of his arrest.

Inspector Albert Basiri prosecuted.



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