Sacked Singaporean legal officer in 1MDB probe won't be deported from Malaysia: Immigration

Malaysian Immigration Department deputy director-general Sakib Kusmi said it would not deport  Jessica Gurmeet Kaur Sidhu.
Malaysian Immigration Department deputy director-general Sakib Kusmi said it would not deport Jessica Gurmeet Kaur Sidhu.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Sacked Singaporean legal officer Jessica Gurmeet Kaur Sidhu will not be deported from Malaysia, according to the Immigration Department.

Its deputy director-general, Datuk Sakib Kusmi, said the department would not deport Ms Kaur, although her permanent residency (PR) had been revoked.

"There is no need to deport her. She can apply for a special or social visit pass since she is married to a Malaysian," he said on Sunday (Aug 23).

Asked if she was still in Malaysia, he declined to comment.

Ms Sidhu had lived in Malaysia for more than 20 years before a sudden turn of events, which started with investigations by the authorities on her and former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission adviser Rashpal Singh over a purported leak in relation to a charge sheet.

Ms Sidhu was head of administration and finance at the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) and was attached to a special task force investigating various financial cases.

The task force was established to probe 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion (S$879 million) channelled into Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal bank accounts.

The group was disbanded after the recent Cabinet reshuffle.

News of Ms Sidhu's sacking from the AGC created a buzz after sources familiar with her revealed that she had been sacked suddenly.

Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali said her work contract had been terminated in accordance with her terms of service.

Ms Sidhu and Tan Sri Rashpal were released on police bail after their statements were recorded.

Ms Sidhu's bail was reported to have been revoked last week.

On Thursday night, photos were circulated on the Internet of personnel believed to be from the department, waiting outside a condominium in Bangsar, where Ms Sidhu lived.