Cabinet asks internal committee to investigate immigration officer’s alleged public disguises

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri at the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agrotourism Expo in Serdang on August 6, 2022. — Photo by Shafwan Zaidon

By Radzi Razak

Saturday 06 August 2022 14:57 MYT

SERDANG, Aug. 6 – The Cabinet wants Chief Cabinet Secretary Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali to set up an internal committee to investigate allegations that a senior official publicly reprimanded an immigration officer at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang. earlier this week.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he had suggested the committee be chaired by Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun, but would leave the composition of the membership to the chief secretary.

“We discussed this issue in Cabinet. We don’t want a split among public servants because of this. We want a harmonious atmosphere among officials,” he told reporters after the launch of the Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture & Agrotourism 2022 Expo here today.

Ismail Sabri said he saw a video, supposedly of the incident, which has been circulating on social media and hopes the investigation will be completed soon.

The entire civil service has come under scrutiny for the public humiliation of the alleged immigration officer who was allegedly the subject of abusive language.

The Peninsular Malaysia Immigration Services Union released a statement on August 3, saying the senior official was the chief executive of public services.

But the Civil Service Department denied the allegation, calling it baseless, malicious and intended to tarnish its reputation.

Interior Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin intervened last Thursday and said the Immigration Department had been instructed to investigate the matter.

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