Bid to bring Bangladeshi workers into Malaysia illegally foiled

258 passports seized

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:04, Jan 07,2018 | Updated: 01:12, Jan 07,2018

 
 

Malaysia recently foiled a syndicate’s bid to bring an unspecified number of Bangladeshi workers to Kuala Lumpur.
According to KL daily New Straits Times, two Bangladeshis, believed to be masterminds of the syndicate were arrested by the Malaysian Immigration Department.
The report published on Friday said that the two masterminds were arrested during raids by the Immigration Department’s operations, investigation and prosecution division from a three-storied business centre at Pandan Indah,
Malaysian Immigration Department’s director-general Mustafar Ali was quoted as saying that 258 Bangladeshi passports and two Indonesian passports were seized during the raid.
Immigration officers also found a receipt book, 26 E-kad (Enforcement Card), fake rubber stamps of 11 embassies, a computer and 1,600 Malaysian Ringgit in cash, said the report.
‘Initial investigation showed that the computer was used to apply for permits for foreign workers as well as to falsify the approvals,’ Mustafar told a news conference after inaugurating Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s Not To Land Lounge on Friday.
Mustafar said the modus operandi was to offer new and renewal of the Temporary Employment Visit Pass (PLKS) for employers at a certain price.
‘The cost is 1,000 Ringgits and above for each service and the syndicate is also believed to make arrangements for documents related to replacement of illegal workers in Malaysia.
‘The syndicate had also handled the entries of Bangladeshis illegally by obtaining the PLKS for them by using the fake rubber stamps of embassies,’ he said.
Both the arrested Bangladeshis have been conducting the illegal activity for quite some time and one of them has been in Malaysia since 2008, he said.

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