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Malaysian consulate warns against job scams

Malaysian consulates in India have cautioned the public to be wary of lucrative job offers' being made by unscrupulous syndicates that

have been utilising names of reputed Malaysian companies to cheat people.

Diplomatic sources here said that there have been more than 350 cases of employment-related scams, with international syndicates placing advertisements online and offering jobs in Malaysia with handsome salaries. In some cases, people had remitted between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5 lakh through banks or online, but the offers turned out to be fake.

The Malaysian consulate in Chennai issues more than 350 visas -- employment as well as tourist -- a day. The consulate has urged people to double-check with the embassy in New Delhi or itself regarding all such job offers. The consulate has made it clear that ministries and agencies under the government of Malaysia never seeks payment online from applicants. The consulate has also cautioned people about prize-redemption schemes, lucky draws or contests offered by Malaysian companies on the Internet.

Acccording to the Malaysian consulate here, the fraudulent syndicates provide letters or certificates purportedly issued by the Malaysian government to facilitate visa clearance. Applicants are asked to make payments electronically for further assistance in the employment process.

Malaysian companies that have been chosen by the syndicates to attract applicants include: Petronas National Berhad, Caltex Oil Company, Alado Oil and Field Solution, Sarawak Boustead Petroleum, ?BHP Petroleum Company, Van Doren Oil Company, Amax Oil and Gas Company, Proton Edar Sdn Bhd, Billa Vista Hotel, ?Harbour View Hotel, Sarawak and many others.

The consulate-general of Malaysia in Chennai has said that it will pass on any information it receives to the Malaysian royal police and the immigration department for immediate action.

Dr Bernard D' Sami, coordinator, Arunodhaya-Migrant Initiatives, a city-based organisation working amongst migrant labourers, said: "The ancestors of Malaysian Indians went to that country several generations ago from southern India. The Indians toil for a pittance in Malaysia's rubber plantations, just as their ancestors did.'' Today, Malaysia's 1.8 million Indian population represents almost 8% of the country's total 22-million population. Nearly 90% of Malaysian Indians are of south Indian origin, made up of Tamilians, Malayalis and Telugus.

Source: TOI


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