RM100,000 con job by RELA officer

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KLANG: A Rela officer is believed to have cheated employers of over RM100,000 under the 6P amnesty programme for illegals.

The man, who is a platoon leader with the rank of Leftenan, is said to have issued fake certificates and forged signatures in transactions with over 20 employers in Klang, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Petaling Jaya.

Klang MCA Youth chief Ching Eu Boon said most of the victims were factory and coffee shop owners, who paid an average of RM1,800 per foreign worker.

“He uses his position in Rela to approach employers and tell them he can get the workers registered under the 6P programme for a fee,” Ching told reporters.

The man is said to have faked copies of a Home Ministry-registered employment agency and forged the signature of Kevin Chong, an officer of the agency.

Chong, who was at the press conference, said he only found out about the scam when the victims called him to follow-up on the applications.

“This has been happening for about a year but I only found out recently, as reported in The Star.

“When the victims and I went to his house to confront him, he said he would lodge a police report claiming that we were triad members,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s Department Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) Pandamaran complaints bureau supervisor B.K. Tan said Rela officers do not have authority to sign documents or carry out government transactions.