PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department has confirmed the arrests of 25 of its officers by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for their alleged involvement in abusing the use of the department’s entry and exit stamp.
Its director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud (pic) said the arrests were the result of cooperation between the department and the MACC, particularly in sharing information obtained following public complaints.
“The department will not compromise with staff who abuse their power and position for personal gain. Those involved must be prepared to face legal action and face imprisonment or be sacked, if they are found guilty, ” he said on Tuesday (Nov 17).
Khairul said that the arrests would not affect Immigration’s daily operations and its service to the people.
“We will continue to give our cooperation to the MACC to complete its investigation into the case, ” he said.
Earlier Tuesday, the MACC had brought 44 individuals, including 25 Immigration officers, to court to obtain remand orders to help in the probe.
The remands were made at the Magistrate's Courts in Putrajaya, Johor Baru, Shah Alam, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.
On Nov 16, the MACC arrested 46 individuals in a special operation.
It is alleged that a syndicate, which includes Immigration staff, would stamp travel documents of foreign workers or illegal immigrants who had not travelled through Immigration checkpoints.
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