Woman Claiming To Be Malaysian Arrested After She Couldn't Sing 'Negaraku'

The 20-year-old did was trying to evade being arrested.

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On Wednesday night, 11 October, when a 20-year-old woman insisted she was a Malaysian during an immigration raid in her attempt to evade arrest, the authorities decided to put her to the test. They asked her to sing the national anthem, Negaraku.

A raid by Immigration Department to flush out illegal immigrants took somewhat a funny turn when a woman tried to evade arrest by insisting that she is a Malaysian.

According to a report in NST Online, a team from the Immigration Department had raided a block of flats in Pudu on 11 October, when a 20-year-old woman created a scene by sitting at the flat's doorstep and refusing to budge.

While she did not have any relevant documents, the woman said she was a Malaysian, offering a litany of excuses, including claiming that she was pregnant and needed to be sent to the hospital immediately, reported NST Online.

Seeing how the woman wasn't giving up, the officers asked her to prove her citizenship by singing the national anthem Negaraku. An easy enough task for a citizen, right?

However, the woman failed the "Negaraku test" which led to her arrest.

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She was one of the 21 illegal immigrants arrested last night

None of the 21 people who were arrested at the flats in Pudu had any valid permits.

The operation at the flats was one of two separate raids in Kuala Lumpur last night, the immigration department said, adding that they arrested a total of 45 illegal immigrants.

The raids were conducted simultaneously at a block of flats in Pudu and an entertainment outlet in Jalan Kia Peng from 10pm to 3am, it was reported.

There have been instances in the past when authorities have put individuals through the "Negaraku test" as proof of citizenship

In fact, just this year on 24 May, Immigration officials arrested illegal foreign workers who claimed to be Malaysians but were unable to sing Negaraku.

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