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By Shikin Louis
KUALA LUMPUR, July 2: Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim has assured that a thorough investigation will be conducted regarding the alleged corruption involving Immigration Department officers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
He made a surprise visit to the airport around 12.20pm today without the presence of any dignitaries or ministers except the Immigration and Customs officers on duty.
Speaking to the reporters during the 30-minute visit, he said most of those working with the Immigration and Customs Department are doing an honest job, but he did not deny that there are some problems arising, and if there is a wrongdoing, appropriate action would be taken.
“I have looked closely at the steps taken so far, and I saw that the Immigration Department has responded very well and positively.
“We have to identify a small group of individuals who are still unable to bring about change, including facing several accusations.
“Insya-Allah, a thorough investigation will be made, and preliminary discussions will be held in the Federal Cabinet meeting this Wednesday (July 5),” Anwar said.
On Thursday (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.
Malaysian Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Dato Seri Tiong King Sing later confirmed that he was the minister involved but denied that he was there to demand the authorities to release 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