Ex-Immigration chief Mustafar Ali to head National Financial Crime Centre

Outgoing Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali announcing that he will be leaving to head the National Financial Crime Centre during a press conference today.

PUTRAJAYA: Outgoing Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali has been appointed to head the National Financial Crime Centre (NFCC) which is aimed at curbing money laundering.

Mustafar said he received a letter from Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad asking him to continue working in the public service as the head of the NFCC.

“Starting Jan 2, I will start a new chapter in my life and head the new anti-money laundering body.

“NFCC will be established after the enactment of the law. We will, then, officially start working.

“We are currently setting up our office in Putrajaya,” Mustafar said at the Immigration Department’s headquarters here.

He said deputy director-general (management) Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman would take over the responsibility as the acting director-general of Immigration until further notice by the home ministry.

Last week, the National Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) director-general Abu Kassim Mohamed said the government had agreed to set up NFCC in an effort to tackle money laundering activities.

Mustafar was formerly Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (prevention) before he was transferred to the Immigration Department.