JOHOR BARU: Bogus agents are using the ongoing development projects by China-based developers in Iskandar Malaysia to con Chinese citizens into coming here.
Skudai Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry advisor Chan Keng Pang said many Chinese nationals were cheated by these agent who go to their villages in China offering jobs in construction sites in Johor Baru with lucrative pay.
It was reported that 25 Chinese farmers from China had paid between 20,000 yuan (RM12,767) and 60,000 yuan (RM38,302) to a bogus agent who offered them lucrative jobs at a construction site in Johor.
The farmers from different parts of China such as Jilin, Henan and Szechuan were brought to Johor in batches starting from April 10 by the agent who then left them at the construction site.
The victims discovered there were no such job offers and their work visas were actually social visit passes.
They had been stranded here and staying at a hotel near the airport after their plight was reported in the newspapers.
Chan said the families, friends and relatives of the 25 farmers managed to raise money to buy the one-way tickets for seven of them who flew to Guangzhou at 10pm on April 16 while the remaining 18 left on April 17.
Chan added he was requested by the Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to assist the farmers.
In a statement, the Chinese Embassy said it had sent representatives to the airport after learning about the matter and had also arranged for the stranded Chinese nationals’ accommodations and meals.
It said the Chinese Government would take action against unscrupulous parties who mislead their citizens.