Malaysia's immigration department says computer system sabotaged since 2010

Malaysia's immigration department says computer system sabotaged since 2010

A computer facility used by the Malaysian Immigration Department has been sabotaged since 2010, said the department's Director-General.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Immigration Department has found elements of sabotage in the enforcement of the Malaysian Immigration System (myIMMs) dating back to 2010.

Immigration Director-General Sakib Kusmi revealed this on Thursday (May 26) when asked to comment on Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's statement on Monday in regard to the issue.

According to Mr Sakib, the covert activities had reached a serious level warranting harsh action.

"The Department has identified the individuals involved, but the investigation is still ongoing and the outcome will be announced when the time comes," he said.

Without disclosing the number of individuals involved, he said the culprits would be dealt with pursuant to regulations stipulated for civil servants. Mr Sakib said the police were aiding the investigation.

On Tuesday, a task force headed by Home Ministry secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim was formed to probe the implementation of the system. Mr Alwi said the team was gathering documents to identify weaknesses in the system's implementation.

The Auditor-General's 2015 Report in its first series stated that myIMMs, set up to support the Immigration Department's main operation was not functioning satisfactorily, impairing its objective.

The report said a biometric facility worth RM10.3 million (US$2.5 million) was procured for myIMMs to screen and identify foreigners as well as Malaysians at the country's entry points but had not been installed and used.

Source: Bernama/rw