MACC nabs se­nior Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer

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ALOR STAR: Over a pe­riod of a year, a se­nior Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment of­fi­cer is al­leged to have ac­cu­mu­lated more than RM20 mil­lion as in­duce­ment for the ap­proval of ex­pa­tri­ate passes to bring skilled and pro­fes­sional work­ers into the coun­try.

The 37-year-old man, who is the Padang Be­sar Im­mi­gra­tion chief, al­legedly re­ceived RM1,500 from agents for each of the 18,626 ap­pli­cants of the passes that he ap­proved.

How­ever, the of­fi­cer’s ac­tiv­i­ties, if he had in­deed com­mit­ted them, came to a grind­ing halt about 10am on Mon­day when he was ar­rested in front of the Kedah Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment Com­plex.

State Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) direc­tor Datuk Mohd Fauzi Mo­hamad said, fol­low­ing the ar­rest, anti­graft of­fi­cers raided the man’s house in Ji­tra and seized four lux­ury cars, a high-pow­ered mo­tor­cy­cle, lux­ury bags and watches worth more than RM1.5 mil­lion.

He said MACC of­fi­cers also froze RM1 mil­lion found in a fixed de­posit ac­count be­lieved to be linked to the case.

Fauzi said the com­mis­sion also ar­rested the sus­pect’s close friends — a 34-year-old Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer in Padang Be­sar and a 48-year-old con­trac­tor in Jalan Lang­gar — who were be­lieved to have abet­ted the man.

“The three men were ar­rested fol­low­ing a tip-off on the of­fi­cer’s ac­tiv­i­ties al­legedly com­mit­ted in 2015 while serv­ing as the head of the Ex­pa­tri­ate Ser­vices Divi­sion in Pu­tra­jaya,” he said at the state MACC of­fice here yes­ter­day.

Fauzi said ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions showed that the ex­pa­tri­ate passes were for var­i­ous pro­fes­sions in­volv­ing for­eign­ers from var­i­ous coun­tries.

He said the com­mis­sion was still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the roles of the two ac­com­plices.

Fauzi said MACC ob­tained re­mand or­ders to detain the men for a week yes­ter­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are be­ing con­ducted un­der Sec­tion 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009 for bribery.

The trio could face a max­i­mum jail time of 20 years and a fine not less than five times the graft value, if con­victed.

PIC BY SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM

Kedah Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion direc­tor Datuk Mohd Fauzi Mo­hamad show­ing the seized cars at the state MACC of­fice in Alor Star yes­ter­day.

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