11 Sarawak immigration officers nabbed for suspected graft remanded for a week

ADIB POVERA


PETRA JAYA: Eleven immigration officers here, arrested for allegedly taking bribes to protect illegal immigrants in Sarawak, have been remanded for seven days until Mar 23.

Magistrate Zulhairi Sulaiman granted the remand application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against all suspects, including six female officers, which takes effect today.

Clad in orange and purple prison attire, the officers, aged between 33 and 53, arrived at the magistrate's court here at about 9am.

They were nabbed yesterday by MACC from several locations in Kuching and Serian during an operation codenamed "Op Batas", aimed at apprehending corrupt enforcement officers linked to the alarming influx of illegal immigrants into the state.

The graft buster also seized RM10,000 from one of the suspects.