Another Malaysian slave in S Korea shares ordeal

No bed of roses: One of the rooms at the domestic and industrial waste recycling plant where they were sent to work.
PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

PETALING JAYA - More cases of Malaysians working illegally in South Korea are coming to light, the latest involving a Johor man who claims he was cheated by another Malaysian acting as a work agent.

Faizal (not his real name), from Pasir Gudang, arrived in South Korea on Aug 1 last year with 10 other Malaysians.

The 29-year-old paid RM2,900 (S$960) to the agent, who promised them jobs with high salaries, accommodation with Internet connection, and transport to and from work.

“When we arrived, he cheated us of 20,000 won (S$25) each after we ate fried rice in a restaurant.

“He didn’t give us any change, but we kept quiet because we were new there.

“The agent promised to get us work visas even though Malaysia was not registered with South Korea for (the supply of) labourers,” Faizal said when contacted by mStar OnlineThe Star’s Malay news portal.

Faizal said the agent wanted an additional 800,000 won (S$1,000) from them to secure the visa.

The 11 of them were then split into several groups and sent to work in different locations.

“The agent sent me with three others to a plastic recycling plant and told us we would be paid 1.8 million won (RM6,800) a month, excluding overtime.

“Our working hours would be from 9am to 7pm, and we would have a good employer.