Six arrested for fraud in the work recalibration program

PUTRAJAYA: Two Bangladeshi men and their Malaysian wives have been arrested for allegedly operating a fraudulent subcontracting syndicate which made a profit of over RM2.04 million through the government’s Labor Recalibration (RTK) scheme.

Immigration Department Director General Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the four men, along with two other Bangladeshi men, were arrested following raids at Jalan Lumut in Kuala Lumpur and Pandan Cahaya in Ampang. , Selangor, Wednesday 8 June.

He said the union was working behind a bogus employment agency which it was using as a base of operations.

“We seized 488 passports from countries including Bangladesh (457), Indonesia (eight), India (eight), Pakistan (eight), Myanmar (six) and Nepal (one).

“We also seized RM38,308 in cash, two computers and 12 stamps which were allegedly used in RTK activities,” he told reporters on Friday June 10.

He said investigations revealed that the union charged each migrant worker between RM3,500 and RM4,200 to obtain a Temporary Work Visit Pass (PLKS) for various sectors under the scheme.

“Based on these figures, we estimate that the syndicate has made at least RM2.04 million in profit so far.

“The mastermind, a 36-year-old Bangladeshi man, was one of the suspects arrested.

“Our investigations revealed that he became a permanent resident in 2015 after marrying a Malaysian woman,” he said, adding that the union was believed to have been active for at least two years.

He said authorities were conducting further investigations to determine how many other people were involved in his activities.

“We will also check our database and if any of these 488 passport holders have already obtained their PLKS, they will be revoked,” he said.

Khairul Dzaimee said his department never appointed an individual or agency to manage the RTK.

“We advise the public, especially foreign employers and workers, to deal directly only with the Department of Immigration and not to involve any third parties,” he said.

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