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Kuala Lumpur airport commotion: Immigration Department owes public an explanation

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The latest saga that has shocked many concerned people deserves crucial answers.

Patriot supports the cabinet minister who spilled the beans over the detention of a foreign national at the nation’s premier gateway, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

We take serious issue with the call by the Immigration Department head for the public not to speculate about the incident.

Patriot is concerned that a certain minister could even blurt out that he has not yet received a full report.

We demand an end to all such damaging incidents that continue to betray our nation and demolish any good effort to cleanse and transform this beleaguered nation.

We believe the government and the relevant ministries owe the public an explanation for the incident.

Patriot – whose members are retired security officers, many of whom served in various top ranks – knows how damaging and threatening to a nation’s security such incidents can be.

Patriot, therefore, registers its serious concern and passionately appeals for the salvaging of the country’s image and reputation in the eyes of not only tourists but also potential investment business communities.

We also demand to know why ‘agents’ – or whatever that entity is supposed to be – are being courted to provide services to in-bound visitors who have been detained or denied entry into Malaysia.

The civil servants tasked to serve at our borders and the gateway stations have a moral, spiritual and social duty to protect our shores.

Those profiteering from the safeguarding of our nation should be suspected of treason to the nation, king and the people.

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Patriot believes the cabinet minister must be acknowledged for spilling the beans in the public foyer.

We cannot go on bluffing ourselves with statements like “allegations” or “do not speculate” or “we are investigating”.

We certainly cannot run afoul of nations that will always protect and assist their citizens who are subjected to allegations or affirmed instances of harassment, unlawful detention, being fleeced or treated in any way deemed to violate justice and fundamental rights.

Retired Brigadier General Dato’ Mohd Arshad Raji is president of the National Patriots Association (Patriot)

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2 Jul 2023 8.39pm

Enough has been viraled and reported. Just wait for the findings after the investigation job is done. Not a simple task to do. There are ethical procedures involved. Surely this is not to be swept under the carpet. So fellow impatient Malaysians please be patient.

2 Jul 2023 7.41pm

To reduce the corruption I would suggest that there should be job rotations between general civil servants/other enforcement agencies with the custom personnel so as to reduce the chances of corruption through familiarisation. A review should also be made on the SOP to streamline it with the best practice in the world. All gov servants must declare their assets to MACC and be audited by income tax department. All lockup rooms should be fixed with cctv and they must be regularly checked for any malfunctioning. Any detention the head of department must be duly notified. All ministers and deputy ministers from other ministries should have right to make any impromptu investigation.

Zulkifli B idham
Zulkifli B idham
5 Jul 2023 2.10pm
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My 2 cents worth > PmX is the revise the current policy/statement (if there is one in place already) with a revised one, endorse and launch it nationwide – a 30 minute launch via all media, tv stations, radio, newspaper etc should suffice. The content of the policy should include enforcement of Consequence Management Procedure & asset declaration > Include with signing of a pledge by each civil service personnel led by the respective minister/pengarah ie if there are 5k personnel in a ministry, all 5k to acknowledge/sign the pledge – give a dateline for the signing > Those who refused or fail to do so can be construed as not willing to cooperate with the govt, hence the enforcement of the Consequence Management > PmX & his selected appointed/trusted personnel to verify completion on the signing of this pledge – otherwise there’s a possibility of short cutting. Perhaps call it the Compliance Team or something.. > Mandatory refresher annually or quarterly of this policy – to be part of an online training for all civil servants to be strictly monitored/enforced. Easy to track the implementation… Read more »

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