Unemployed 6 months after arriving in Malaysia, salary not paid

Kuala Lumpur: Forced to work without pay after being cheated by the employer. That was the fate of 21 Bangladeshi men who were believed to be exploited as laborers around Klang, Selangor.

The Director General of the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM), Datuk Ruslin Jusoh said that some of the foreigners were not given work for six months after arriving in Malaysia.

According to him, they were rescued by the Operational Intelligence Unit of Putrajaya’s Anti-Trafficking and Anti-Money Laundering Division following public complaints and intelligence.

“All Bangladeshi citizens aged between 20 and 40 were rescued in an operation to combat human trafficking in the shop house where they lived.

“They are believed to be victims of exploitation by being promised jobs by employers who manage entry into the country, and are even neglected without any jobs for about six months.

“Some of them have been issued temporary Work Visit Passes (PLKS) which are valid and working, but have not been paid by the employer, while their passports are being held by the employer against their will,” he said in a statement today.

Ruslin said, JIM has identified the company that is the employer of the foreigners involved and the investigation is being conducted in accordance with the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act (ATIPSOM) 2007 (Act 670).

He said, any individual convicted of a crime could be sentenced to up to a year or life in prison and could be flogged for the more serious offense of human trafficking.

“The public is advised to continue to channel information to JIM

or call 03-8000 8000, if there are foreign workers who are being exploited,” he said.

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