RM20 mil graft: 2 Padang Besar immigration officials held


ALOR SETAR: The Kedah branch of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has detained three men, two senior Padang Besar immigration officers and a contractor, over alleged corruption involving more than RM20 million.

Its director, Mohd Fauzi Mohamad, said the three suspects were detained in two separate raids, in Perlis and Alor Setar, between 10am and 11am today.

“The two senior officers were detained for allegedly accepting bribes from the contractor for unauthorised approval of expatriate passes for skilled and professional workers.

“They are believed to have so far approved 339 applications for 18,626 passes.

“Each individual paid about RM1,500 to get the passes approved,” he told a press conference here .

Fauzi added that to date, they had also seized five luxury vehicles and a high-powered motorcycle, branded watches and handbags valued at RM1 million, and frozen a fixed deposit account with almost RM1 million.

The case is being investigated under Section 17 (a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, which provides for a jail sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of five times the bribe amount or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

The three suspects were taken to the Alor Setar court this morning for a remand order to be issued for them.

Sessions Court Assistant Registrar Wan Nor Fadzilah Wan Ibrahim allowed the three suspects to be remanded for a week beginning today to allow the MACC to conduct a detailed investigation.