RTK 2.0 registration is free

KUALA LUMPUR: A foreign syndicate was detected using the wife of a local citizen as a proxy to manipulate the Workforce Recalibration (RTK) 2.0 program and deceive their own countrymen.

Malaysian International Humanitarian Organization (MHO) secretary-general, Datuk Hishamuddin Hashim, said the syndicate charged up to RM7,500 for each RTK registeration.

He said that the RTK 2.0 program which was supposed to be free was twisted by the syndicate. They registered the names of desperate foreigners as workers in proxy companies owned by local citizens.

“This foreigner cartel is taking advantage of the RTK 2.0 program which is also a good initiative by the government. This program enables foreigners (without work permits) in the country to obtain work permits (with certain conditions).

“However, the foreign workers involved were deceived by their own friends when they were desperate to get work permits that had expired or were overstayed in Malaysia,” he said at a press conference here today.

Also present, MHO Advisor, Tan Sri Musa Hassan.

Hishamuddin said that his party received complaints from foreigners who were deceived. They revealed that they were threatened by the syndicate involved so that they would not make a police report.

He said the cartels involved registered as many foreign workers as possible without permits through the RTK2.0 program under their proxy companies.

He said, the foreign labor will then be re-supplied to contractors or local employers who need foreign workers.

“This cartel group is actually making money with the human resources business they have.

“Some of them brought illegal aliens (PATIs) into Malaysia before the RTK 2.0 program started. Then they took the opportunity to register the PATIs involved under the government’s program to make a profit,” he said.

Hishamuddin said foreign workers who are registered under the cartel involved will be reported to the Department of Labor (JTK) to be blacklisted if they try to get RTK through other companies.

“It makes victims afraid to file a complaint because they fear they will be sent home after being blacklisted by the authorities,” he said.

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