PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department of Malaysia (IDM) has successfully obstructed a fraud syndicate under the Work Force Recalibration Programme (RTK) following the detention of three foreigners and a Malaysian aged between 20-47 at the premises in Kuala Lumpur .
Director General of IDM, Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud said, at the premises the Immigration Officers have found 264 pasports from various nations including Bangladesh, Indonesia and India believed in the attempt to register under the RTK. Cash money worth RM7,270 believed to be part of the money collected through the daily transactions was also found.
Khairul Dzaimee said, the modus operandi of the syndicate is to make the travel company premises as the registration centre, collection of passports and payments from the foreigners who are in the RTK programme.
“The syndicate has been doing such activities similar to the outsourcing company that has been abolished and using the dormant company to obtain the foreign workers’ quota under RTK Programme.
“The foreign workers’ who have been successfully registered will be offered to any individual or company that needs foreign worker with certain payment believed to be in the range between RM6,500 – RM8,000 per person to get the Temporary Visit Work Pass (PLKS) for several sectors via the programme,” Khairul Dzaimee said in a statement here today.
He added, based on the number of passports and the operation’s period the syndicate is believed to have reaped a profit reaching RM2 million via charges imposed on foreign workers, company or individuals who become their customers.
“All the detainees have been brought to the Putrajaya Immigration Department for investigation and further actions. Offences have been investigated under Immigration Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1966 and Immigration Procedures 1963.
“Members of the public especially foreigners and employers are avised to deal directly with IDM and avoid using middle person or agent to get valid PLKS passes,” Khairul Dzaimee said. –Malaysia World News