LAST_UPDATETue, 19 Jun 2018 12am

28 Bangladeshi Workers Busted For Operating Illegal Homestay Business In Kuala Lumpur

Who would have thought these migrant workers would be able to earn a huge profit just by illegally renting out their rented lodgings in the city.

As many as 28 Bangladeshis were caught by authorities when they were busted for renting out their rented lodgings as homestays for other foreigners.

The raid by the Quick Response Team (QRT) Intelligence Division, Special Operations and Analysis Division together with the Putrajaya Immigration Operations Department followed a previous media report.

Immigration Department director, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said investigation into the 28 individuals had revealed their illegal businesses and the suspects had even paid salaries to other immigrant workers without a permit or valid pass.

He further stated the individual arrested was a Bangladeshi that is suspected of working as an agent, manager of this homestay business and is a partner in the company.

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“Investigations also revealed that five companies who are part of this business operation are owned by immigrant workers. They would rent out a place on a long term basis from the owner before carrying out their illegal activities.

“Each owner has almost 20 apartment units and they would promote it on social media and other hotel services platforms with prices as low as RM150 to RM250,” he revealed.

Mustafar said, the raid led the authorities to confiscate as much as RM29,000 in cash, believed to be the profit made from the illegal rentals of these apartments, access cards and other documents relating to the rented apartments and houses.

The authorities had even discovered a unit that was furnished and equipped like a hotel with items like towels, soaps, toothbrush and many more, reports New Straits Times.

“A few Bangladeshi workers are also hired as cleaners before and after the customers use the room,” he added.

On 3 February, an exposé had been circulating online regarding a group of Bangladeshi workers who opened a homestay business.

Suspicion had arisen that the group was not registered with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and did not event bother to pay off locals to act as their proxy in registering their lucrative business with Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM).