Racket conning foreign workers
Published on: Saturday, January 12, 2019
By: Lagatah Toyos

TAWAU: A syndicate that aimed to register undocumented foreign workers to work in Sabah with help of locals was thwarted with the arrest of nine suspects, including five women, during a raid on a premises at Sabindo Square, Jalan Dunlop, here, on Wednesday.

 District Police Chief ACP Fadil Marsus said the suspects, aged between 20 and 65, including a company owner, was detained during the inspection of the premises of a company called SR Manpower Resources Sdn Bhd at about 4pm by a team from district police’s Commercial Crime Investigation Division.

 “From the arrests, we believe some were involved directly while others we would need to become as witnesses. They have been remanded for four days beginning yesterday (Thursday),” Fadil told a press conference at district police headquarters, Friday.

 According to him, the company tried to register undocumented foreign workers or individuals with a payment of between RM800 and RM1,200 and issued a worker’s card that could be used to find other jobs.

 “However, investigation revealed the company had not been appointed by any Federal or State government department and they tried to dupe people into believing those who have the cards would not be arrested by the authorities,” he said.

 Fadil said the cards issued by the company contained the foreign workers’ personal data and the company was active in looking for victims.

 He said the company had been in operation for the past few months and investigation showed more than 20 people had been cheated, although most of them did not report to police because they had no valid identification documents.

 “We are in the process of tracing the victims under this case under Section 420/511 of the Penal Code for attempting to cheat,” he said.

 The police chief urged the public to come forward with any related information and remind them not to be easily fooled by such modus operandi.

 Police also seized applications forms, workers’ cards, other documents, cash and mobile phones during the operation.


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