MALAYSIA: MAN FINED RM3,000 FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FOREIGN PASSPORTS

PETALING JAYA, Selangor state, Malaysia — A man was fined RM3,000, in default three months’ jail, by the Magistrate’s Court here yesterday after he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of foreign passports.

Magistrate Nurulhuda Zakariya meted out the punishment on Chuah Soh Huat, 47, who was caught in possession of five passports belonging to five Chinese nationals at the Bukit Puchong police station, near here at 2pm on March 18.

Chuah , who worked at a furniture shop, was charged under Section 12 (1) (f) of the Passport Act 1966 , which provides a fine of up to RM10,000, or imprisonment for up to five years, or both, upon conviction.

In mitigation, Chuah said he had two children and was the sole family breadwinner.

According to the facts of the case, Chuah was arrested while handing over the passports to the five Chinese nationals, but failed to provide reasonable explanation on how he came to be in possession of the passports concerned.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK