Mustafar shocked, Kedah MACC denied information sharing

Director-General of Immigration expressed his shock by the statement of Kedah MACC who denied the collaboration among the two agencies in the recent corruption arrest amounting RM27.9 million.

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Director General of Immigration, Datuk Seri Mustafar AliFILE PIX: SAFWAN MANSOR, 16 MAY 2017

By Mohd Hilmi Mohd Ali

SEPANG – Director-General of Immigration, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali expressed his shock by the Director of Kedah Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Datuk Mohd Fauzi Mohamad who denied collaboration between MACC and the Department of Immigration in the recent corruption arrest amounting RM27.9 million.

Mohd Fauzi’s statement stated that the investigation on the immigration officers was solely an effort by the MACC headquarters and its Kedah intelligence unit after a year of hard work and they did not receive any information from the Immigration Department.

“I am rather puzzled by Mohd Fauzi’s statement. The fact is, we have cooperated and shared information with MACC. I was from the MACC and I worked with the MACC to curb corruptions.

“When I said that we’ve shared information and this was then denied by the Kedah MACC Director, I was really shocked. Perhaps, he did not know that the intelligence sharing was from the headquarters while the statement he made was from the MACC state level,” explained Mustafar in respond to the media during the rebranding of Visa on Arrival (VOA) and Jointship counters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) today.

Nevertheless, Mustafar said, both Mohd Fauzi and he are making arrangements on a meeting to discuss about the dispute.

“I’ve contacted him and he would like to meet up with me to discuss about his statement. He would like to explain on his denial when there were both parties are actually sharing intelligence.

“He suggested meeting me soonest possible,” he said.

Kedah MACC arrested a 37 year-old Kedah Immigration officer who was transferred to Padang Besar, Perlis from Putrajaya early last year for involvement in corruption amounting RM27.9 million with three contractors including a 53 year-old Datuk.

The immigration officer was an enforcement officer at the Immigration, Customs and Quarantine Complex in Padang Besar, Kedah. He is currently on remand until 21 May. – Malaysia Gazette

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