Remember when the Immigration Department announced that some 100 people, including officials from the Immigration Department and syndicate members, were being investigated on suspicion for sabotaging the Malaysian Immigration System (myIMMs)?
According to a news report by The News Straits Times, 15 of its officers have been sacked for their illegitimate involvement .
“Some of them had joined the department just 6 months earlier while others had worked for up to 15 years,” said director-general Datuk Seri Sakib Kusmi at a press conference. They were among a total of 37 officers who have been met with disciplinary action over their sabotage.
He added that 14 other officers have been suspended from work while 8 more staffs had been subjected to a freeze in salary increment. “All the officers and staff involved in the disciplinary action are from various support level service schemes, stationed at the main entrance gates into Malaysia,” Sakib explained.
63 officers are currently being transferred from various levels while another 20 personnel, believed to be connected directly or indirectly in the sabotage, will be facing disciplinary action soon.
When asked if the disruption in relation to the international Malaysian passport system had anything to do with the sabotage case, Sakib replied “Probably yes”, because the system was also part of it. He added that the Immigration’s Standard Operating Procedure would be reviewed to curb misuse of power and violation of integrity among officers.
Meanwhile, problems with the issuance of Malaysian passports are only expected to be resolved by mid-June at the earliest. More details here.