We share data with MACC, says immigration chief

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SEPANG: Immigration department director-general Mustafar Ali has reiterated there was information sharing between his department and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), resulting in the recent arrest of two officers in Padang Besar, Perlis.

Admitting he was a bit surprised by Kedah MACC director Mohd Fauzi Mohamad’s denial of the department’s contribution in the case, he said as a former MACC senior officer, he had met with MACC’s director of intelligence and relevant officers to share information.

“This partnership between the immigration department and MACC headquarters is a normal procedure. But at the state level, maybe he did not know,” he said commenting on the statement by Fauzi, who was reportedly puzzled by Mustafar’s statement saying that the immigration had been supplying intelligence information to the commission, resulting in the arrest of two immigration officers.

Fauzi had also reportedly said that the arrest of the two individuals aged 34 and 37, in Alor Setar, Kedah, and Perlis on Monday in a corruption case involving more than RM27 million was made based on intelligence collaboration between Kedah MACC and the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

Fauzi’s statement was a follow-up to Mustafar’s previous statement that the arrest of two senior officers at the immigration department in Padang Besar was based on information from the department’s own intelligence and internal review that had been forwarded to MACC.

Mustafar, in a press conference after officiating the rebranding of Visa on Arrival (VOA) and Join Ship counters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here today, said the MACC headquarters had expressed its willingness to clarify statements made by Fauzi.

He also said he and Fauzi had agreed to meet in the near future to correct the confusion.

Commenting on the rebranding of the VOA and Join Ship counters, Mustafar said the upgrading would make the paperwork involving tourists and foreigners at the airport more efficient, in line with its recent recognition as the World Best Airport Immigration Service.

He said the move to upgrade the VOA counter that had been in operation since 1998, took three months, and was expected to facilitate the entry of tourists from China and India entering Malaysia via Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

The Join Ship counter was to facilitate foreign crew members and sailors who entered the country via their ships docked at Port Klang and Pasir Gudang by showing their seaman book and letter of notification from the shipping agent who could confirm and verify the details, he added.