15 Malaysian officers fired over immigration system sabotage
Malaysia Airlines planes on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia Reuters

Malaysia Immigration Department has fired 15 officers for allegedly sabotaging the implementation of the Malaysian Immigration System.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Immigration Director-General Sakib Kusmi said that apart from those 15 officers, 14 more immigration officers were suspended from work while eight officers had been subjected to a freeze in salary raises pending further investigations.

"We also took drastic actions by transferring 63 officers out of our headquarters in Putrajaya and we have also prepared a new name list for those who will be based in the airports," he said.

Sakib added that another 20 personnel who might be involved directly or indirectly in this case are being closely monitored by the department's intelligence division.

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said some 100 people including the Immigration officers and syndicate members were investigated on suspicion of being involved in sabotaging the implementation of the Malaysian Immigration System.