A Filipino in Malaysia is sentenced to 4 months jail term and a fine worth RM4,00 after presenting a passport that has a fake endorsement.
The man was identified as Jacob Aser Daronday, 42-year-old. He pleaded guilty before Judge Azreena Aziz.The Filipino man was arrested at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, around 6:30 in the evening of Nov 9, 2017, because he was found using a fake endorsement on the passport.
The sentence which was given to him is under the Section 56 of the Immigration Act 1959 that imposes a maximum fine of RM10,000 and 5 years jail term.+
Defendant’s counsel Ram Singh asked for a lower sentence as his client allegedly have no knowledge that the endorsement is not legit. Daronday allegedly paid RM500 into an agent to get the endorsement.
However, Prosecuting Officer Juachim Abel Majain urged to impose a deterrent sentence because the offense is way too serious.
Moreover, 13 men and a woman were caught entering the state illegally in a matter of 5 months. The sentence was then handed to foreigners’ ages 21 and 45 after pleading guilty. The offenders, except for the young ones, will be given a stroke of cane.
These illegal immigrants were arrested in the city proper after failing to provide valid documents. During the court hearing, some foreigners confessed that they’ve been staying in the country illegally for about six months already.
After the completion of jail term, these offenders will be deported from the country.