Zahid: Levy scam crooks must own up or face action – New Straits Times

BAGAN DATOH: The Home Ministry has never appointed agents or companies to verify information for legal and illegal workers under the Immigration programme.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, said it had received reports that there were syndicates that hid behind the names of non-registered companies and collected RM900 from each foreign worker to process their return to their country of origin.

“I want to stress that the ministry and the Immigration Department have never issued any appointment letter, what more, to collect payments,” he said here yesterday.

Zahid said the ministry would not compromise and would initiate stern action against those who resorted to such cheating.

“We urge the culprits, whom we have identified as locals, to surrender themselves by 5pm tomorrow (today) to the ministry’s chief secretary and the Immigration Department director-general.

“The Immigration Department’s enforcement division and police are tracking down the culprits.”

A Zahid said agents and companies that failed to surrender would be hauled to court.

“Such action is necessary as the culprits are painting a bad image of the country,” he said, adding that the ministry allowed only the Immigration Department to collect payment as levy.

“If there are any changes to the existing system, we will announce it accordingly.”

Read more: Zahid: Levy scam crooks must own up or face action – General – New Straits Times


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