Anti-graft sleuths arrest 6 Immigration officers at KLIA for letting hardcore criminals into Malaysia for cash

File photo of Kuala Lumpur International Airport. An agent and six Immigration officers were detained during a raid at the airport on Sept 28, 2018.
File photo of Kuala Lumpur International Airport. An agent and six Immigration officers were detained during a raid at the airport on Sept 28, 2018.PHOTO: ZAOBAO

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Six Immigration officers manning an exit point at Kuala Lumpur International Airport have been arrested in a sting operation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged corruption and abuse of power.

Also detained during the raid at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) early on Friday (Sept 28), in an operation dubbed Ops Silent, was an agent who was working in cahoots with the Immigration officers.

Sources said all the suspects were believed to be assisting some 15 human smuggling syndicates that enabled blacklisted locals and foreigners, including hardcore criminals, to enter and exit via KLIA and other international airports in the country.

So far, some 200 people, many with dubious records and backgrounds, were being "smuggled" into the country every month by these syndicates, the sources allege.

In return, the corrupt personnel were paid "hefty amounts of cash" by these syndicates and split them with agents and middlemen, according to sources.

Acting on a tip-off, anti-graft officers traced these officers through their luxurious lifestyles. Some of them had been raking in about RM300,000 (S$99,000) a month in ill-gotten gains.

A handful were suspected to have pocketed RM275,000 in just two days to finance their lavish lifestyles.

Sources said payments would be banked into their proxies' bank accounts after each successful entry.

Kuala Lumpur MACC director Razaliah Abd Rahman confirmed the arrests, but declined to elaborate.