Former Immigration Controller Abdulla Shahid
16 February 2012. Malaysia’s Nexbis Limited had entered into a contract with Department of Immigration and Emigration for the implementation of a border control system.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) raised concerns of corruption and as a result the implementation of the system was stalled. Since then the Department of Immigration and Emigration has decided to proceed with the stalled border control system.
Meanwhile, Nexbis has filed a lawsuit at the Civil Court seeking Rf 669 million (US$43 million) in damages from the former Immigration Controller Shahid. Nexbis claims that misleading media coverage adversely affected its global operations – the company suffered a drop in share prices when the Maldives Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) raised concerns of corruption.
The 20-year Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement to upgrade the Maldives’ border control security system, valuing US$39 million (Rf600 million), was signed with Nexbis by Shahid’s predecessor, Ilyas Hussain Ibrahim – who was reappointed to the post last week by President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, following the ousting of former president Mohamed Nasheed on February 7.
The proposed border control security system will equip Maldives latest technology in par with other countries.