MACC raids foreign worker visa, recruitment firms owned by Datuk Seri

(The Star) – Graft busters have raided several firms owned by a businessman with a Datuk Seri title in connection with the processing of visas and recruitment of Bangladeshi workers.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said the businessman was called up on Monday (July 4) to assist in the investigation.

“I can confirm that we are investigating the company, which handles the recruitment of foreign workers from Bangladesh as well as developing a system to manage the registration of foreign workers.

“No arrests have been made and we will call up individuals pertinent to the investigation soon,” he said when contacted on Wednesday (July 6).

Azam said the investigation focused on corruption.

It was reported that the MACC raided several firms belonging to the businessman in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

The businessman was also said to be controlling most of the 25 Bangladeshi worker recruitment agencies.

A news portal claimed that most of the foreigners who wanted to work in Malaysia were charged tens of thousands of ringgit each.

Several NGOs and politicians, who are unhappy with the businessman’s alleged monopoly, have raised the matter.