Local nabbed for attempting to bribe Immigration officer

Army personnel patrolling a “jalan tikus” near Serikin. – THE STAR pic

By Emma Victoria

A local man was arrested for allegedly attempting to bribe a immigration deputy assistant director in Lundu, at 6am yesterday.

Sarawak Immigration Director Datuk Ken Leben in a statement said the man offered RM1,500 to the officer, to allow him to bring in five illegal immigrants into the state.

“His car was stopped and inspected by the personnel during a joint operation with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) in Lundu.

Our men later found that he was transporting five illegal immigrants into the state which we believe entered through a non-gazetted road or jalan tikus,” he said in a statement.

“Five of the Indonesians had the Covid-19 test slips issued in Surabaya, Indonesia, which indicated that they were tested negative. They claimed that they want to come to Sarawak to work,” he said.

Ken said they were all taken to a health clinic for Covid-19 screening before being brought to the Semuja Immigration Depot in Serian.

Meanwhile, the local man is being investigated under the Immigration Act 1959/63 as well as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

“We has intensified our efforts to prevent more immigrants from sneaking illegally into the state and stern action will be taken against those who ‘provide service’ to facilitate their entry into Sarawak,” he stressed.