KUALA LUMPUR: Six Immigration officers manning an exit point were arrested in a sting operation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged corruption and abuse of power.
Also detained during the raid at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) early Friday (Sept 28), in an operation dubbed Ops Silent, was an agent who was working in cahoots with the Immigration officers.
Sources said all the suspects were believed to be assisting some 15 human smuggling syndicates to enable blacklisted locals and foreigners, including hardcore criminals, to enter and exit via KLIA and other international airports in the country.
So far, some 200 people, many with dubious records and backgrounds, were being “smuggled” into the country every month by these syndicates, the sources allege.
It is learnt that these rogue Immigration officers, who oversee the counters at the airport during their shifts, would turn a blind eye and allow them in.
In return, they will are paid “hefty amounts of cash” by these syndicates and split them with agents and middlemen, according to sources.
Acting on a tip-off, anti-graft officers traced these officers through their luxurious lifestyle. Some of them have been raking in about RM300,000 a month in ill-gotten gains.
A handful was suspected to have pocketed RM275,000 in just two days to finance their lavish lifestyles.
Sources said payments would be banked into their proxies’ bank accounts after each successful entry.
Kuala Lumpur MACC director Razaliah Abd Rahman confirmed the arrests but declined to elaborate.
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