Wednesday, August 19, 2009

176 Applications Submitted To Immigration Dept

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- A witness in the corruption trial of the former Director-General of Immigration, Datuk Wahid Md Don, told the Sessions Court here that there were 176 applications for the entry of foreign workers in the last two years.

The Secretary of the Foreign Workers Management Division of the Home Ministry, Datuk Wan Ali Besar, 51, said the 176 applications were submitted by 80 companies including from the agricultural, construction and manufacturing sectors to the Malaysian Immigration Department.

In his testimony Wednesday, Wan Ali confirmed 57 out of the 176 applications, which had now been made court exhibits, before judge Rosbiahanin Ariffin.

On Monday, Wan Ali had confirmed 10 documents pertaining to the same applications.

Wan Ali is the fifth prosecution witness who testified on the second day of Wahid's trial. Wahid, 57, is alleged to have received a bribe of RM60,000 from a businessman, Datuk Low Chang Hian, as an inducement to speed up the approval of 4,337 visa applications for Bangladeshi workers on Aug 19, last year.

He is alleged to have committed the offence at his home at Jalan Lembah Ledang, off Jalan Duta, at 10.15 pm on July 10, 2008.

He is being charged under Section 11 (a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 and could be punished under Section 16 of the same act, which is not less than 14 days and not more than 20 years imprisonment, and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Wan Ali also explained that in the processing of the applications, there were nine steps that any out-sourcing company or agent must go through before receiving the Visa With Reference (VDR) from the Malaysian Immigration Department after paying the levy within two days.

Failure in completing the nine steps concerned would mean that the VDR would not be issued by the Immigration Department, he said.

Prosecution was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nik Azrin Zairin Nik Abdullah while Wahid was represented by lawyer Datuk V Sithambaram.

The hearing continues tomorrow. -- BERNAMA

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