KUALA LUMPUR: The Immigration Department arrested two directors and the marketing officer of a manpower agency in Seri Kembangan on suspicion of offering services for the Rehiring Programme, which was stopped last year.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the arrests were made at the company’s office at Desa Ria Business Centre in Seri Kembangan in a joint operation with the Manpower Department and Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Council.
Checks by the raiding party found 29 foreign passports, registration receipts and advertisements, all of which were seized, while a foreign employee was also arrested for misusing his work permit.
“We found that the company targeted employers and illegal migrants by offering these services via social media with specific charges as a deposit.
“The Immigration Department views these violations very seriously as these are syndicates which cheat people,” he said in a statement.
“The Rehiring Programme, in fact, ended on June 30 last year and was never extended,” he added.
Khairul Dzaimee believes the company had been carrying out its cheating activities since February and had made handsome profits.
“The directors and the marketing officer are being investigated under Section 56(1) (f) of the Immigration Act 1959/1963. I would like to advise employers to be wary and not fall for such offers without referring to us (Immigration) first.
“We are also sending out a warning to all manpower agencies involved in similar scams to stop them immediately or face
the risk of stern action,” added Khairul Dzaimee.
He said this would ensure employers and migrant workers would not be fleeced by unscrupulous agencies in the future. — Bernama