Bribe givers, takers to be charged, says Immigration chief

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PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Director-General says action should be taken on those who give bribes, and not just those who take the bribes, TheSun reported.

Referring to a report on how police have uncovered an immigration ring that collected RM18 million in bribes to allow as many as 16,000 foreigners into Malaysia over two years, he said the offenders will face the full brunt of the law.

“If no one is giving, then no one will take,” he told the daily, emphasising the need to address the root cause of bribery and corrupt practices as such.

In the case, it was reported on Sunday that four immigration officers were still under arrest for initial investigations, while four others had been charged under anti-human trafficking laws, and 18 placed under preventive detention or placed under restraining orders.

Twelve more were released on bonds while awaiting a decision by the Criminal Prevention Board.

The immigration officers had allegedly collected between RM200 and RM2,500 per foreigner who entered and exited the country illegally.

“We will come down hard on those who give as well as our officers who receive bribes.

“We have to clean up our act internally, but at the same time, we don’t want people offering bribes to tempt our staff,” Mustafar was quoted as saying by TheSun.

Mustafar, who was the former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) number two until his transfer to the Immigration Department on Aug 1, added that his department will be transparent and will not tolerate any corrupt practices.