MACC nabs three more Immigration officers in 'Ops Selat' blitz

Suspects at the Putrajaya Magistrates' Court for remand proceedings on Nov 21.

PUTRAJAYA: Three more Immigration officers, including a deputy director stationed at KL International Airport (KLIA), have been detained by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in connection with a nationwide blitz codenamed "Ops Selat".

Sources said the three individuals, aged between 38 and 54, were detained at the MACC headquarters on Friday (Nov 20).

The latest arrests bring the number of those detained in Ops Selat since Nov 16 to 53, including 33 Immigration officers stationed at KLIA, KLIA2 and Bangunan Sultan Ismail Johor Baru.

Sources revealed that all three Immigrations officers were brought to the Putrajaya Magistrate's Court on Saturday (Nov 21) for remand proceedings.

"The MACC have also applied to extend the remand for 10 other suspects.

"MACC also released two civilians on bail. The duo had allowed their accounts to be used for graft transactions," sources added.

It was reported that graft busters could not believe their eyes in their investigation into an immigration syndicate offering “special services” – a fleet of luxury cars comprising a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Ford Mustang, a Range Rover and an Audi.

The four cars were seized, adding to an overall haul that included more than RM800,000 in cash, 22 other luxury cars, four high-powered motorcycles, as well as other assets such as houses, plots of land, jewellery and designer handbags.

The syndicate providing “stamping facilities” to foreign workers and illegal immigrants is believed to be involved in international human trafficking, particularly in China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

This was discovered during investigations into the syndicate which found that foreign agents had been working with Immigration officers at KLIA and KLIA2 to help foreigners enter and leave Malaysia.

Sources close to the MACC said investigators were shocked to discover that a low-ranking Immigration officer possessed a fleet of luxury cars.

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