PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia Syrian man, Hassan Al Kontar, who claimed to be living at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) since March, was arrested by the police Monday.
Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali confirmed the arrest, saying that his department would take over the case after the police completed their investigation.
He said the department would work with the Syrian Embassy to facilitate the man's deportation or exit from Malaysia.
The man was arrested yesterday for being in the restricted zone of the airport without a boarding pass.
We will solve this issue soon with the Syrian Embassy. This case needs a closure as it has embarrassed the nation, he said at a press conference after launching a new version of Narrowcasting Media and the new version of Malaysian visa and pass here yesterday.
He said Hassan , who had embarrassed Malaysia through series of statements on the social media since entering Malaysia last March 7, did not want to return to Syria for fear of being forced into the military.
Whatever his reason, we will not compromise and will make sure this case is closed with the man sent out of the country, he added.
Mustafar said Hassan had attempted to enter Cambodia after the visit pass issued by Malaysia expired, but was refused entry by the Cambodian's authority and returned to Malaysia.
According to news reports, Hassan, 36, claimed to have stayed at klia2 since March 7 this year for fear that he would be arrested and then deported to his home country.
Since then, he had been posting video blogs on Twitter and Facebook about his daily life to attract the attention of international human rights groups and media, he added.
In another development, Mustafar said the arrest of six Immigration officers by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged involvement in corruption was also assisted by his department's intelligence team.
He said he agreed to take on the joint action with MACC after detecting some of his officers abusing their power and positions.
They are a thorn in the flesh that is giving a negative image to the Immigration Department, he added.
Last Saturday, six Immigration officials and two women, including a Vietnamese were remanded for four days to assist MACC investigations for allegedly abetting syndicates to facilitate blacklisted individuals in entering and leaving the country.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK