Bye Elan Perumal
The Star Online | 22 June 2018
EXCLUSIVE:PETALING JAYA: A human trafficking syndicate, spearheaded by a Bangladeshi businessman with alleged political connections with the Home Ministry, raked in at least RM2bil in just two years from Bangladeshi workers looking to land jobs in Malaysia.
An investigation revealed that the workers paid RM20,000 each to their local agents who then paid half of the sum to the syndicate to facilitate work permit approvals and flight tickets to Malaysia.
It is learned that since late 2016, more than 100,000 Bangladeshi workers have been brought into the country under the system, while more than 100,000 are waiting for their turn.
Our investigation also revealed that the businessman, who even has a “Datuk Seri” title, was the mastermind behind the organised and “legalised” multibillion-ringgit human trafficking scam.
Due to his strong political influence in both Malaysia Bangladesh, the businessman was also instrumental in getting the two countries to sign a government-to-government agreement in 2016, giving only 10 companies from Bangladesh the right to recruit migrant workers for Malaysia.