Malaysia fires immigration staff for aiding criminals


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has sacked 15 immigration department officers and suspended 14 others after an investigation found staff had colluded with criminal syndicates to manipulate systems that track entry and exit, the government has said. The subterfuge was centered at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and had begun in 2010, the department’s director-general, Sakib Kusmi, said in a statement released on Tuesday. Around two dozen other department staff have faced administrative action or were under observation, 63 have been transferred, and criminal charges could be forthcoming, he said. “The syndicates hacked or breached our system with the help of the involved immigration officers,” he said. Sakib added that the activity allowed the criminal networks — which he said included foreign elements — to manipulate information on who entered or left the country. No further details on the syndicates, or other specifics of the nature or scope of the sabotage, were given.


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