Immigration syndicate blitz: MACC arrests three foreign worker agents

PUTRAJAYA: Three agents for foreign workers have been detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) under “Ops Selat”, the nationwide blitz on an immigration stamp forgery syndicate.

The Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court allowed the three to be held under MACC remand until Dec 1.

The agents were arrested in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (Nov 24) evening and were brought to the Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (Nov 25) morning for the remand application under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Sources have said that one of the agents is a lawyer, while the other two are involved with an agency for foreign workers.

So far, 59 people have been arrested since Ops Selat was launched on Nov 16.

This includes 15 foreign worker agents, 34 Immigration Department officers and 10 others who have been acting as account mules.

The syndicate provided "stamping facilities" to foreign workers and illegal immigrants and 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.

Investigators also discovered that a low-ranking immigration officer involved in the syndicate was able to afford to own a fleet of luxury cars.

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