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They are aided by unscrupulous Malaysian institutes of higher learning and education centres working with human trafficking syndicates.
These institutes and centres go so far as to also falsify attendance records and provide “progress reports” for the “students” to Malaysian Immigration when the visas need to be renewed.
The syndicates largely prefer to bring in Bangladeshis under the guise of students because they are granted visas of between two and six months as such, compared to only one month as a tourist.
Employment agencies and human trafficking syndicates charge between RM10,000 and RM12,000 to bring a Bangladeshi into the country posing as a foreign student or tourist.
They even have lecturers from language colleges waiting at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to produce the necessary documents to certify that the “student” is coming to Malaysia to learn English.
Once the worker leaves the airport, he is taken to a safe house somewhere in the Klang Valley before being sent to a factory in Selangor, Johor or Perak.
There, the “student” works as a welder or labourer, earning wages of RM30 to RM60 per day depending on his skills.
The racket has been going on despite a blitz by the Home Ministry to flush out illegal immigrants in the country that started last month.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said ministry officials are aware of these institutes and centres.
He said they are being queried on the high number of foreign students that they are bringing in.
“I cannot name them but they are mostly in the Klang Valley,” Wan Junaidi said.
According to him, the ministry is also tightening the conditions for student visas, as well as for those issued to tourists.
“Nowadays, colleges cannot get visas on arrival but have to submit the documents prior to their students coming into the country.
“This is to show proof that these students are genuinely coming here to study and not to work,” he said.
“We also require them to provide us with records showing that these students are attending their classes and how this is being monitored by the institute or education centre.”
He said any institute or centre caught flouting these rules would face stern action.
Asked if this would include closing down the institute or centre, Wan Junaidi said the matter would have to be first discussed with the Higher Education Ministry.
He said there would be problems for genuine students at these institutes if they were shut down.
However, he dismissed allegations that as many as 1,200 Bangladeshis a day are entering the country.
“There are some taking advantage of loopholes but we are plugging these up with new conditions and regulations,” he said.
The ministry, he said, is also in touch with the ambassadors of countries with a large worker population in Malaysia.
Wan Junaidi said the ongoing crakcdown on illegals by the police, Immigration and Rela is also producing positive results.
There are about 2.6 million registered foreign workers in the country.
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