Malaysian Insight: Home minister warns foreign workers against fake permit syndicates

EMPLOYERS and foreign workers have been advised not to get involved with fake work permit syndicates or activities as various measures have been taken to facilitate foreign worker recruitment in an effort to revive the country’s economy.

Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the government understands that in the post-pandemic economic recovery process, there is a high demand for workers, especially in critical sectors such as agriculture, construction, manufacturing, and services.

“As the application procedure has been relaxed and simplified, people should take advantage of the benefits offered to them,” he told reporters after a briefing on floods at the Kahang police station in Kluang today.

Saifuddin said his officers conduct daily monitoring, and each time employers or foreign workers have issues, relevant agencies are asked to facilitate the process.

He said meetings have been held with ambassadors from countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal so they may provide information to prospective foreign workers to Malaysia.

Saifuddin said this while commenting on the arrest of two Bangladesh nationals believed to be the masterminds of a syndicate supplying foreign labour and forging temporary work permits.

He thanked the Immigration Department on bringing down the syndicate, which is believed to have been operating for the past seven or eight months.

Yesterday, the Immigration Department arrested six men, including five Bangladesh nationals and a local woman married to one of the suspects, in several raids in Klang, Selangor. – Bernama, January 28, 2023.

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