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KUCHING, July 4: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is reportedly tracking down an individual who acted as a middleman and allegedly solicited bribes amounting to RM18,000 after it was uncoverered after a separate incident where a Chinese national was stopped from entering the country at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
According to a report by news portal Free Malaysia Today (FMT), a source from MACC has confirmed that they have taken the statements of a minister and two Chinese nationals over claims of corruption among Immigration Department officers at KLIA.
The source then said MACC has also identified an individual suspected of being the middleman in ‘settling’ a case involving a foreign tourist who is said to have failed in meeting the entry requirements to enter the country as set by the Immigration Department.
The news portal also contacted MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki who confirmed that the case is being investigated under Section 16(a) of the MACC Act.
On June 29, it was reported that a federal minister had caused a commotion at KLIA by entering the immigration counters to ‘rescue’ a Chinese national who Immigration officers detained upon entering Malaysia.
Afterwards, Malaysian Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Dato Seri Tiong King Sing confirmed that he was the minister involved but denied that he was there to demand the release of the detained tourist, claiming that he intended to expose the ‘culture of corruption’ within the Immigration Department’s handling of foreign visitors at KLIA. — DayakDaily