30 July 2021
An Immigration officer was fined RM30,000 in default 20 months’ jail for failing to report bribery of RM109,600 to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Sessions Court judge Steve Ritikos meted out the sentence against Dina Azanina Morshidi, 41, after she pleaded guilty to two charges under Section 25(1) of the MACC Act 2009 today.
In addition, the court allowed an application by the MACC to forfeit jewellery worth RM10,000 belonging to her and RM200,000 in her daughter’s bank account.
According to the charge sheet, the Immigration officer admitted she was involved in releasing foreign nationals with fake special passes and those who had been blacklisted, to enter the country via Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), from 2016 to 2019.
Her colleague Mohd Syah Ezywan Abd Rahman, who was also an Immigration officer at the international airport, would send a list of Chinese national passport numbers via WhatsApp application, before she started her shift.
Dina Azanina would write down the details and bring it to the immigration checkpoint counter, where she was assigned to check and scan the passport and travel document of all the arrivals into the country as well as to conduct facial recognition and fingerprint scanning.
She would then endorse the entry of the foreigners without further questioning if their passport number matched the list she received earlier.
It was estimated that there were between 30 and 60 passport numbers given to her every time when she was on duty at the international counter.
Syah Ezywan would then deposit the money from a company belonging to his brother into Dina Azanina’s daughter’s bank account.
A total of 22 transactions had been made into the bank account, amounting to RM109,600.
MACC deputy public prosecutor Nur Nisla Abdul Latif prosecuted, while Dina Azanina was unrepresented.