Malaysia: MACC Detained Another 'Datuk', Immigration Syndicate Ring Leader

Another immigration syndicate has been busted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Malaysian Immigration Department. 

Five individuals have been arrested including the head of the syndicate, which is a 'Datuk', reported FMT.  

An operation covering 22 locations in Kuala Lumpur this morning arrested individuals aged 33 and 43, it was unknown the exact number of arrests this morning. 

The MACC and the immigration authorities had been monitoring this immigration syndicate since last year. 

It was reported that this syndicate to have cost the government hundreds of millions in revenue through foreign worker levies. This syndicate printed hundreds of thousands of falsified work passes, which then sold between RM6,000 to RM8,000 for the undocumented migrants working illegally in Malaysia.

“They hacked into the department’s database by wiring transmitters in the department’s computer room, enabling them to change the passwords of officers, before printing the work passes from a remote location," reported a source to FMT

The source also reveals that this syndicate was able to remove or add an individual to the "red alert" or blacklist" in their database, helping certain individual bypass the security alerts at the airport. All this is done remotely, using a cloned system and transmitters. 

MACC managed to seized several computers and items during the raid in a hotel at Jalan Sultan Ismail, where it was believed where the syndicate last operated. 

It was said that it was a highly mobile operation, moving from one luxurious hotel to another to avoid being tracked down. 

If this is the case, it is a serious breach of our security at the national level and authorities need to amp up on security.

Just last year, MACC had crippled another immigration syndicate with the arrest of 53 people, including an immigration deputy director and 33 officers.


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