Mid-level Immigration officers and support staff are suspected of being involved
PUTRAJAYA — May 26, 2016: About 100 people, including Immigration officers and syndicate members, are being investigated on suspicion of being involved in sabotaging the implementation of the Malaysian Immigration System (myIMMs).
The Immigration staff involved comprise mid-level officers and support staff who have been in service for between one and five years.
Zahid refuted the involvement of senior officers as well as suppliers of the myIMMs.
Investigations showed that one of the syndicate members was a foreigner. The syndicate was found to have been involved in breaching procedures between six months and two years ago by leaking the data, including using certain code numbers.
“We will not be protective in this matter and in fact will take proactive measures based on media reports and public information. It’s not just taking internal disciplinary action, but we will also drag those responsible to court. We will not compromise with those involved,” said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to reporters here today.
The Auditor-General’s Report 2015 Series 1 states that the myIMMs, which was developed to support the main operations of the Immigration Department, was not satisfactory and caused its objectives to be affected.
According to the report, the myIMMs biometric facility worth RM10.3 million had been supplied and paid for but it had yet to be installed and used at the country’s entry points.
Zahid also said that the Home Ministry’s Secretary-General Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim would meet with the suppliers to streamline and improve the system.
“The investigation revealed that the system had been hacked and weakened. With this improvement, I hope the sabotage will not be repeated,” he said.
For the moment, monitoring is focused on the KL International Airport.
Zahid had earlier presented the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Scholarships for 2016-17 to 11 postgraduate students in local and foreign universities.
These scholarships provide for a rate of living allowance 50 per cent higher than that of federal scholarships.
Between 2006 and last year, 118 recipients comprising 59 Masters students and 59 doctorate students received the scholarships. — Bernama