[ LOCAL NEWS ] Rehiring agent conned us of RM1.8mil, claim Bangladeshi workers

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[ LOCAL NEWS ] Rehiring agent conned us of RM1.8mil, claim Bangladeshi workers


Post by B0N3 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:19 pm

Mohammad (left) showing the police report lodged against the rehiring agent while Imran looks on at the press conference on Sunday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Some 270 Bangladeshi workers who paid over RM1.8mil to an agent in the hopes of securing valid working permits as part of the Immigration Department's rehiring programme are claiming they were duped.

One of the victims, Imran Haq Uzzal, said he and his countrymen had handed over their passports, other relevant documents as well as paid between RM7,200 and RM8,000 each to the agent but nothing came from it.

Not only were they not accepted into the rehiring programme run by the Immigration Department, their only option now is to go back to their home country.

"I have been working in Malaysia for about seven years.

"When the Immigration Department introduced the rehiring programme, I saw it as a golden opportunity to continue working in the country," he told a press conference on Sunday (Aug 12).

Imran said he and the other workers had sought the services of the company, which is based in the Klang Valley, to obtain valid working permits to continue working in the country.

"We went to the office multiple times to inquire about the status of our application, right until before the June 30 deadline for the rehiring programme.

"However, the man who runs the company kept giving us excuses," he said.

Fellow Bangladeshi Mohammad Alagir said they had hounded the company's owner and even waited outside the Immigration office on the last day of the rehiring programme.

"From June 27, the owner kept assuring us that our application will go through and we will get our permits.

"Our hopes were dashed when the deadline passed with no permits," he said.

Mohammad claimed the owner, when confronted, threatened him and the other workers.

"He warned us against reporting the matter to the authorities. However, we will not be deterred," he said.

The group of workers, who are mainly from the construction sector from the Klang Valley and other states, said they have since reported the matter to the police, the Immigration authorities as well as their embassy.

"We want justice. We hope the Malaysian authorities can assist us in getting our permits. If they can't, then we hope to get our passports back so that we can go home," said Mohammad.

The rehiring programme for illegal immigrants began on Feb 15, 2016.

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said illegal immigrants who have been issued with valid work permit would be allowed in the manufacturing, construction, plantation, agriculture and service sectors under the programme, which ended on June 30.

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