14 August 2008

Be fair in probe, dept urged

The Star

MALACCA: The Malaysian Immigration Service Association has urged the Immigration Department to be fair in its investigations on two foreign attach├ęs and 36 officers who were recalled to Putrajaya.

Its president Ismail Yusof said the officers were based at KL International Airport and the attaches in London and Shanghai.

“We hope that thorough investigations are carried out and done fairly without any prejudice,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Ismail agreed that appropriate action should be taken against those found to have abused their powers or flouted department regulations.

He was commenting on a statement by Immigration Director-General Datuk Mahmood Adam that the officers were junior officers with less than three years with the department.

Mahmood said they were recalled for internal investigations and rehabilitation after the public alleged that they had abused their powers and entered into pacts with other parties that went against regulations. He said any case of corruption would be handed over to the Anti-Corruption Agency.

Meanwhile, Ismail commended the department for promoting 35 officers following vacancies created when the Prisons Department handed over control of immigration detention depots recently.

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