JOHOR BARU - Thousands of illegal Bangladeshi workers are pouring into the country posing mostly as foreign students and sometimes as tourists.
They are aided by unscrupulous Malaysian institutes of higher learning and education centres working with human trafficking syndicates.
These institutes and centres go so far as to also falsify attendance records and provide "progress reports" for the "students" to Malaysian Immigration when the visas need to be renewed.
The syndicates largely prefer to bring in Bangladeshis under the guise of students because they are granted visas of between two and six months as such, compared to only one month as a tourist.
Employment agencies and human trafficking syndicates charge between RM10,000 (S$3,900) and RM12,000 to bring a Bangladeshi into the country posing as a foreign student or tourist.