MACC nabs another Sarawak immigration officer for graft

ADIB POVERA


KUCHING: Another immigration officer here has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for allegedly taking bribes to protect illegal immigrants working in the state.

The officer, in his 40s, was picked up by the MACC from the Kuching International Airport (KIA) at about 10pm last night.

Sources told the New Straits Times that the officer had allegedly accepted bribes of more than RM5,000 as inducement against taking action on foreigners living and working in Sarawak without valid documents.

Earlier in the week, the MACC arrested 10 immigration officers from KIA, the Sarawak Immigration Department headquarters, the Department office in Pending, and the Department detention depot in Semuja, Serian.

It had also seized RM10,000 from one of the officers.

They were all nabbed during a special operation by the national graft busters to haul up corrupt enforcement personnel linked to a worrying influx of illegal immigrants in the state.

The 11 officers, aged between 33 and 53, will be brought to the Kuching Special Court for Corruption for remand this morning.