Seven Immigration Officers Detained Over Human Trafficking Allegations
16 October 2010 – KUALA LUMPUR: Seven Malaysia Immigration Department officers and two foreigners have been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for alleged involvement in human trafficking. The ISA allows for detention without trial or criminal charges for up to two years.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein revealed that all of them involved in dangerous syndicates which posed a threat to national security.
He said their involvement was not restricted to human trafficking but encompassed various other serious crimes such as terrorist activities, firearms smuggling, drugs and espionage.
Inspector-General of Malaysia Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar said all nine were arrested at different locations between 10 and 12 October 2010.
However, Ismail refused to reveal more information on the detention and identities of the suspects.
“The arrests will enable us to investigate the syndicate’s activities,” he told reporters yesterday.
Ismail said police were also making efforts to ensure Malaysia was not used as a transit point by foreigners for their criminal activities.
On October 4, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested five Immigration Department officers for allegedly allowing foreigners without proper travel documents into the country.
They were arrested at Pulau Ketam Jetty and in various places in Klang, not far from Kuala Lumpur.
Two other officers were also arrested in Port Dickson for allegedly receiving bribes and permitting the unlawful entry of foreigners.
The authorities also arrested several runners for syndicates linked to the officers. The MACC also found almost RM100,000 on the officers and the runners.
By Thomas Chong