FAKE stu­dents

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

KUALA LUMPUR: Plans to t urn Malaysia i nto a re­gional education hub is con­tribut­ing to the in­flux of il­le­gal im­mi­grants. Among the 2.2 mil­lion il­le­gal work­ers in the coun­try (as stated by the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment), are sev­eral thou­sands who came in as “stu­dents” and then “dis­ap­peared” to join the work­force.

A four-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion by theSun re­vealed:

agents in for­eign coun­tries are us­ing stu­dent visas to re­cruit work­ers;

ad­ver­tise­ments were placed in for­eign news­pa­pers and web­sites af­ter the Malaysian govern­ment im­posed a tem­po­rary ban on re­cruit­ment of for­eign work­ers;

“stu­dents” are told they can work part-time and earn “as much as a grad­u­ate”;

“stu­dents” are also given a choice – they can aban­don stud­ies and work as t here are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties;

a hand­ful of “education cen­tres” have been used as a front for such abuse of stu­dent visas; and

“stu­dents” who couldn’t even write their names in English had been ac­cepted by these col­leges.

theSun has for­warded in­for­ma­tion on such ac­tiv­i­ties to the au­thor­i­ties, who said ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion would be taken.

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