KUALA LUMPUR: Pengerang Member of Parliament (MP), Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said1 calls for immediate probe into the recruitment agents who allegedly duped Bangladeshis coming to Malaysia for non-existent jobs.
She said, the 2,500 duped migrant workers in her constituency is only the “tip of the iceberg.”
“There should be no tolerance towards human rights violations including in the business sector.
“As Pengerang MP, I had reached out to Human Resource Minister, Steven Sim as I am told that about 2,500 of these duped migrants are in Pengerang. This is only the tip of the iceberg,” she said in a statement on X.
She added, the culprits behind this syndicate must be held accountable and immediate investigations must be carried out on who issued these permits with no jobs available.
“These are crimes against humanity. We must not tolerate violation against human rights including in the business sector.
“It is time to take firm action against irresponsible businesses,” she said in a statement on X.
Azalina who is also the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Legal and Institutional Reforms) added, the responsibility and role of all companies involved should also be investigated to determine how legitimate migrant workers could be exploited and enticed with promises of work in Malaysia.
She also commended Sim who extended assistance to the migrant workers who have been duped.
Her call comes after police yesterday arrested 171 Bangladeshis who were seen marching together in Pengerang, Johor, in a video that went viral.
Meanwhile, Kota Tinggi District Police Chief Supt. Hussin Zamora said the incident, which occurred on Dec. 20, prompted the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) to file a report the same day as reported by NST.
Hussin added, MAF personnel arrested the Bangladeshi men and the initial investigations had revealed they were probably heading towards the Bayu Damai police station, located about 10 kilometres from their hostel.
It was believed that the foreign workers wanted to press charges against their agents as they claimed they had yet to be employed after three to six months.
Following that case, Sim had extended assistance to the workers adding that he would also summon the employers stated in the foreigners’ document and the related agencies to assist in the investigation later this week.