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Ring dupes foreign workers in M'sia promising better jobs
Publication Date : 22-10-2012
A group of workers from Bangladesh and the Philippines, who held valid Malaysian working permits, had been duped by a syndicate which had lured them with promises of a better job in Australia and New Zealand.
China Press reported that the workers had come to know of the “agent” through banners hung around their workplaces.
Most of the foreign workers had paid about 5,000 ringgit (US$1,639) each to the syndicate, reported the Malaysian Chinese-language newspaper.
However, they found out it was just a scam when the “agent” disappeared.
Apparently, the foreign workers did not lodge police reports as they were afraid that their employers might fire them for intending to leave for a better job.
A 36-year-old worker from Bangladesh told the daily that he and another four workers had paid 4,600 ringgit each for the “agent” to get them air tickets and apply for working permits.
“We saw many Malaysians who had also applied to work overseas through the agent so we thought everything was all right,” he said, adding that he earned 1,200 ringgit a month working in Kuala Lumpur.
The victim said some of his friends had borrowed money to pay for the fees.
He also said they were supposed to go to Australia on October 28.