A TOTAL of 50 people have been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over an Immigration department syndicate that falsified foreign workers passport stamps and also smuggling of goods.
In the latest arrests, four more individuals, between the ages of 28 and 52, were nabbed.
Three of them are agents supplying foreign workers and the other is an Immigration officer.
According to a FMT report, the 50 people were detained in a joint MACC and Immigration Department sting operation called “Ops Selat”.
More than RM800,000 in cash, 26 luxury cars and four high-powered motorcycles have been seized.
According to a source, these does not include houses, plots of land, jewellery and other items confiscated.
“One shocking discovery was how a KP19-grade immigration officer was able to own four luxury cars: A Rolls Royce Phantom, Mustang, Range Rover and an Audi.
“The cars were registered under four foreign worker agents, including two Chinese nationals believed to be migrant worker agents operating in Malaysia, and two local agents.
“We’ve identified all four of them and are tracking them down,” the source said.
The luxury vehicles were believed to be rewards for “setting counters” for migrants who have been blacklisted for Immigration offences.
“Agents in Malaysia will be informed of the names, passport numbers and flight schedules of blacklisted individuals who want to enter Malaysia.
“These agents will then get in touch with immigration officers in KLIA and klia2 to ‘set’ the counters, allowing the migrant workers or foreign visitors easy access into Malaysia.
“The same goes for exiting the country, whether due to getting blacklisted, expiry of visitor passes or fake passports. And only specific counters in KLIA and klia2 will be used by migrant workers or foreign visitors,” the source told FMT.