At least 270 Bangladeshi workers, who paid over Malaysian Ringgit 1.8 million to an agent for securing valid working permits as part of the Immigration Department’s rehiring programme, have claimed that they were duped.
One of the victims, Imran Haq Uzzal, has said that he and some of his coworkers handed over their passports and other relevant documents to an agent for getting valid work permits.
They also paid 7,200 to 8,000 Malaysian Ringgit each to the agent; but nothing came from it, according to a report of Malaysian newspaper The Star.
As they were not accepted to the rehiring programme, run by the Immigration Department, they will have to come back to Bangladesh, the report says.
‘I have been working in Malaysia for seven years. When the Immigration Department introduced the rehiring programme, I saw it as a golden opportunity to continue working in this country,’ Imran said while addressing a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.