Immigration officers nabbed for forging passport stamps

The suspects being brought to be remanded at the court – MalayMail pic

By S. Harrish

NINE Immigration Department officers are among 13 suspects arrested in Johor Bahru for allegedly being involved in forging foreign passport stamps.

The 13 male suspects, aged between 35 and 45, have been remanded for seven days.

According to a Malay Mail report, it is understood that the Immigration Department officers allegedly received payments of between RM100 and RM500 to forge the stamps on each foreign passport since 2017.

They are believed to have been involved in the stamping of foreign passports at the country’s border control points without the document holder being physically present.

They are being investigated under Section 17 (a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

The 13 suspects were among 43 individuals detained by the MACC in Johor and Selangor yesterday.

The arrests were made at the Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex while the other 30 suspects were detained at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.