JOHOR BARU: A syndicate issuing fake temporary work permits to Indian nationals and Nepalese was busted with the arrest of 44 foreigners, including a man acting as the “agent”, in an early morning raid.
The syndicate, which had been operating from a two-storey shophouse in Jalan Besi 1, Taman Sri Putri, Skudai here, for a year, was supplying these illegal workers to various factories.
During the 2.30am raid by the state Immigration Department, 11 of the foreigners, mostly Indian nationals, had tried to escape by cramming themselves into a car parked behind the shophouse. They were stopped by the enforcement officers.
The department’s 6P Operations head and enforcement assistant director, Masri Adul, said factories and companies preferred the illegals as it was cheaper for them to forgo the stringent procedures and levy charges.
“We have identified them (factories) for follow-up action as this is an offence,” he added.
The foreigners had since been sent to the Pekan Nenas immigration depot in Pontian for investigation.