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Firm issuing fake ‘work permit’ cards busted

ACP Fadil (centre) with his senior officers showing the fake cards.

12th January, 2019

TAWAU: The Home Ministry has never appointed any company or individual to use work permits to foreigners.

This came after police busted a company which purportedly issued fake work permits or documents for immigrants in Sabah. The raid also saw the arrest of eight people aged between 20 and 65.

District police chief, ACP Fadil Marsus, said the eight people from Semporna, Tawau, Putatan and Sungai Petani in Kedah were believed to have been involved in the fake document processing business for a few months.

“They have a company – SR Manpower Resources Sdn Bhd – set up since last year, and are believed to have cheated more than 20 victims for the past several months,” he told reporters here on Friday.

According to police investigations, the suspects, all believed to be locals, would charge an undocumented person RM800 each for the whole process and to get them their “work permits.”

“The company also has agents or part-timers to help them recruit customers, and these agents would get a commission of RM200 for each customer brought in,” said ACP Fadil.

He said they would cheat their customers, saying that their company could provide documents that could be used instead of normal work permits issued by departments and agencies such as the Immigration Department.

The Immigration Department has verified with the police that they had never appointed any company or individual to issue such documents to anyone, especially to foreigners.

ACP Fadil said they had so far managed to locate 20 people who said they were victims of the scam.

“We believe there are more, but many are afraid to come forward as they have no travel or identification documents,” he said. He urged victims to come forward to assist in the investigation.

Police seized RM2,910 cash when they raided the firm, along with 23 pieces of completed work passes (cards), documents of customers that included foreigners and other company documents.

The suspects will be investigated for cheating.

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