SHAH ALAM: The police have arrested 17 people in multiple raids on a company that made fake foreign worker permits.
Selangor Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) chief Asst Comm Fazlisyam Abd Majid said in a press conference on Friday (Oct 11) that the raids were conducted in Klang and Shah Alam on Oct 8 and 10.
"We arrested eight suspects, including six foreigners. Follow-up raids on Oct 10 saw nine more arrests," he said.
ACP Fazlisyam said that the investigation showed that the mastermind of the company, a Pakistani, was one of those arrested.
"He opened up a company with a Malaysian and would source foreign workers who did not have permits and forward them to factories," said ACP Fazlisyam at a press conference at the state police headquarters.
ACP Fazlisyam said it is believed that the mastermind earned around RM5,000 a month from commissions and had been active since 2017.
He added that most of those arrested were runners for the group, adding that six suspects were foreign workers with fake i-Kad.
"We believe that the group had sold fake permits to 30 illegal foreign workers. We have called a few employers (of the suspects) to record their statements," said ACP Fazlisyam.
It is learnt that the employers contacted claimed that they did not know about the faked permits.
The police are still working to track down members of the group that are still at large.
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