Nabbed — Foreigner acting as agent for 6P programme
Posted on August 11, 2012, Saturday
KUALA LUMPUR: The Immigration Department arrested an Indonesian man believed to be an illegal agent for the 6P programme which ended last April.
Federal Territory Immigration Department enforcement assistant director James Musa Singa said the arrest followed the report lodged by a Bangladeshi man who said that the Indonesian cleaner had kept his (Bangladeshi man’s) passport during the random inspection on illegal immigrants.
Further investigation revealed that the Indonesian man had worked as an agent at the company involved in the registration of illegal immigrants under the Comprehensive Legalisation Programme for Illegal Immigrants (6P) in Kampung Pandan here.
“Yes, there are companies approved by the Home Ministry to conduct the registration of illegal immigrants, but in this case, the Indonesian man was found to have abused his working permit.
“The permit says he’s a cleaner, but he committed an offence under Section 12(1)(f) of the Passport Act 1966, when he keeps another foreigner’s passport in his possession,” he told reporters yesterday.
James Musa said during the arrest, the Indonesian man also had several travel documents and passports of other foreign workers in his possession.
“The man also admitted to have received RM35 for each registration and RM50 for each legalisation of illegal immigrant.
“His income from the illegal activity surpassed his monthly salary and that explained how he can afford living in a luxurious condominium,” he said.
James Musa said the arrest also led to a raid on the company where one of the owners was arrested.
“A total of 231 documents, including passports belonging to foreign workers, were seized from the company and further investigation on the case is also being done,” he added. — Bernama