A senior official of the Johor Immigration Department was arrested by police yesterday, believed to be involved in unlawful smuggling of illegal immigrants (PATI), since the Movement Control Order (CPP) came into force last March.
Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Mydin Pitchay said the senior officer was a 50-year-old assistant director of the Johor Immigration Department.
He said the officer was detained at his office yesterday afternoon by the Special Branch of the Contingent Police Headquarters (GPA) Johor.
“The Immigration Department senior officer was arrested on investigation of three immigration officers arrested on June 24 following a collision with the PATI syndicate.
“This is the arrest of top senior officials so far involved in the PATI syndicate network in the state since the massive operation to curb illegal activities was launched,” he said.
He said this at a press conference at the Johor GPA Headquarters in Johor Bahru today.