It was shocking – it was recently revealed that over half of Malaysia’s immigration officers working at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2 had to be replaced over allegations of corruption.
Additionally, in an article by Malay Mail Online on December 9th, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had told them that 37 Immigration personnel detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) and Prevention of Crime Act (POCA), over elements of sabotage in the Malaysian Immigration system (myIMMs).
Ahmad Zahid, who is also the home minister, said: “I am concerned about the integrity of those manning crucial positions, especially at the nation’s entry and exit points.
“At least 50 percent front liners at KLIA and klia2 have been replaced.”
The daily stated that there was at least 1,500 immigration personnel working at both the airports.
Ahmad Zahid said that the exercise was vital to ensure secure airport security, adding that the Immigration Department will install 300 facial recognition devices by the end of 2017, at airports and ports nationwide, in order to eliminate any risk of sabotage in the future.
Bukit Aman Special Branch director Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun revealed more information on the 37 that were detained under SOSMA for 28 days. Among them, some were even found to be working directly with human trafficking syndicates.
“They fraudulently provided visas, tampered data in the Immigration system, stamped passports of foreigners despite not meeting requirements and conspired to smuggle in those who were on the Immigration Department’s blacklist,” he said
― four were charged in court with human trafficking activities.
― six were further detained for 60 days under the POCA and slapped with a two-year detention order.
― 11 were further detained for 60 days under the POCA and slapped with a two-year restriction order.
― 12 were further held for 60 days under the POCA and waiting for a decision from the Crime Prevention Board if they were to be slapped with a detention order, restriction order or be released.
― four were detained 60 days under the POCA and remain in police custody pending completion of investigations.
Among those arrested, most were working at the airports while some were working in immigration offices in Putrajaya and Jalan Duta.
Source: Malay Mail Online