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    Jun 01, 2016

    KL fires immigration officers for tampering with biometric system


    MALAYSIA'S Immigration Department has acted against 37 officers for sabotaging the Malaysian Immigration System (myIMMs) biometrics facilities installed at entry points to electronically screen people leaving and entering the country, Malaysian media reported.

    Among the 37, 15 were sacked, 14 suspended and eight had their pay frozen, Immigration director-general Sakib Kusmi told the media at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) yesterday, the Astro Awani television station reported.

    He said the penalties were meted out since February to the 37, who were either working at major entry points, in charge of information technology, or handled the vendor of the system.

    Those terminated had served for between six months to 15 years, The Star daily quoted him as saying.

    Mr Sakib also revealed that another 63 had been transferred out of Immigration's headquarters in Putrajaya and the staff based in the airports will be extensively changed.

    Meanwhile, another 20 officers are being monitored.

    Earlier, an investigation discovered that the terminals of myIMMs, installed in 2014, were often being taken offline to allow wanted individuals to slip through security at entry points, particularly KLIA.

    The probe began after an official noticed frequent crashes on computer connections to Interpol.

    Home Minister Zahid Hamidi said on Monday that the sabotages had set back efforts to upgrade the immigration computer system.