Nepali feeling lonely as friends flee Malaysia

GEORGE TOWN - Security guard Padam Limbu, 25, has no qualms about the crackdown against illegal immigrants as he has a valid work permit.

The Nepali, however, will be lacking companionship as most of his housemates are fleeing the country as they do not have proper documentation.

"Some of my friends paid RM4,000 to RM5,000 each to agents promising them valid work permits. They waited for one to two years, but to no avail.

"I think they were conned," Limbu said, adding that his housemates were already packing their belongings yesterday.

Limbu, who is a father of a two-year-old boy, last returned to his country in April.

Meanwhile, Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd officer-in-charge R. Chandra Mohan said business would go on as usual as they only provided service to those with valid documents.

Merchantrade is a company specialising in helping migrant workers remit money to their home countries.

"We only entertain those with legal documents.

"We will only proceed with the transaction after seeing passports and other documents from our customers.

"Most of our customers are from the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam," he said when met at his office.

A foreign caretaker at a grocery shop, who declined to be named, said all his colleagues have valid documents.

"Our boss will only employ those with proper documents," he said at his shop in Jalan Gurdwara.