PUTRAJAYA: A Bangladeshi worker proved that one can make millions in Malaysia. However, it wasn’t by working hard but by profiting on the misery of his fellow countrymen.
The Star reported that the multi-millionaire Bangladeshi made his fortune in Malaysia through what is believed to have been ill-gotten gains
He is believed to have first came into the country in 2005 to work in the construction sector.
The 50-year-old Bangladeshibecame a multi-millionaire selling fake passports and fake work permits.
Authorities suspect made his fortune by running a syndicate with international links, to sell passports and fake work permits.
However his luxury lifestyle was short-lived when he was taken into custody on Monday during a special operation spearheaded by the Immigration Department
He was arrested along with 25 other syndicate members and runners during the raids in Sri Petaling and Ampang.
Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali, In announcing the success, said the forgery syndicate is believed to be the biggest one uncovered to date.
Mustafar said following this, they had engaged several embassies over the discovery of passports of other countries to be sold to Bangladeshis.
“Initial investigations revealed that the selling price for a European passport is between US$5,000 and US$10,000.
“We have spoken to officials from these embassies to share what we have discovered so that they are in the know,” he was quoted as telling a press conference.
While it is not known how passports from countries like Singapore, Luxembourg, Canada, France, Switzerland, India, Thailand and South Korea were obtained by the syndicate, they are sold for a high price.
It also comes with the service of modifying the documents to bear information and photograph of the new owners.
Describing the matter to be a threat to national security, Mustafar also deemed it to be a serious crime.
“We will take stern action against those responsible,” Mustafar said.
Fake work permits costing between RM1,000 and RM3,000 are also offered by the syndicate.
Authorities believe that the mastermind had been operating over two years.
“We estimate that he made millions judging from how much he charges for the work permits and passports,” he said.
Declining to divulge if his officers found a substantial amount of money in the suspect’s accounts,
Mustafar reasoned that investigations were ongoing.
During the raids, about 100 Bangladeshi passports were found with newly-issued work permits.
“He has managed to build an extensive network, offering such services to foreigners, mostly his countrymen.
“So we need to break down the chain and take down not only the mastermind but his runners,” he said.
He however confirmed that none of his officers was involved.
The arrests, he said, is believed to have been successful in crippling the syndicate.
“We are however still on the hunt for other accomplices who have put the safety and security of our country and the people at risk,” he added