PETALING JAYA: Two Malaysia Airports Bhd employees have been suspended from duties in connection with police investigations into a human smuggling syndicate at the KL International Airport.
Malaysia Airports (Sepang) general manager Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohd Ali said the company would not tolerate any misconduct among employees and appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against those involved.
On Monday, The Star reported that the syndicate comprising Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Malaysia Airports officials was crippled with the arrest of four people, including a Sri Lankan, who sought its services recently.
In confirming the report, Abdul Hamid said Malaysia Airports security sergeant (auxiliary police) Md Sheriff Abu Bakar arrested a MAS employee together with the Sri Lankan at the Bus Lounge at Contact Pier at about 11.45am on Nov 13.
“At the time of the arrest, the foreigner was wearing a security wrist tag but had no airport security pass,” he said, adding that the pass was found in the possession of the MAS employee.
Abdul Hamid said a police report was made on the same day.
He said investigations showed that two Malaysia Airports security personnel had given the pass to the MAS employee.
It is learnt that the syndicate, with links to outside groups supplying illegal workers, had been operating for several months and raked in a substantial amount of money.
With the passes, the syndicate smuggled illegal immigrants in and out of the KLIA for between RM500 and RM1,000 each, depending on the destination.
Airport security officials were quoted as saying that a syndicate member issued the daily passes, which are given to airport workers and contractors, to give to those being “smuggled” to enable them to reach the satellite building.
(Daily passes are issued by Malaysia Airports to those wishing to enter restricted areas to meet people or collect goods without having to go through Customs and Immigration checks.)
(A person, who is charged RM1 for each tag, is also required to wear a wristband and is usually accompanied by a Malaysia Airports personnel. The colour for the wristbands is changed daily for security reasons.)
In most cases, the illegal foreign workers – usually from Sri Lanka, China, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan – would use KLIA as a transit point before leaving for other countries.
On the case involving a Sabahan who sneaked into a MAS craft and flew to Bali without a ticket, passport and boarding pass last month, Malaysia Airports clarified that most of its senior staff were on duty during the Hari Raya holidays.
The man, who managed to get past security guards, dozens of closed-circuit cameras and even airline crew, was arrested by Indonesian security officials at Denpasar Airport and deported to Malaysia the same day.
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