Rogue immigration officers arrested

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PETALING JAYA: Johor police recently arrested three Immigration officers for illegally extending the stay of foreigners for a fee.

The Star reported the trio, who manned a check-point between Johor and Singapore by day, also took drugs after work.

The raiding team found dozens of passports belonging to foreign nationals – such as those from China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, as well as rubber stamps, drugs and a police vest, from a house in Tampoi, where the suspects were.

All three officers, one with more than 10 years of service, tested positive for drugs and have been reassigned to desk duties.

They earned between RM500 and RM1,000 for each passport stamped.

Their clientele were mainly foreign women who worked in vice-rings, whose passports would be stamped with fake Singapore and Malaysian rubber stamps to make it look like they had exited Malaysia to Singapore and had re-entered.

This was because Chinese and Vietnamese citizens are only allowed to stay for 30 days in Malaysia, and can only exit and re-enter via Singapore.

Earlier this year, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested four officers involved in similar cases at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex in Johor.