If it sounds too good to be true... (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Youths from Sarawak have been lured to Singapore with promises of employment as hotel staff with a salary of lucrative salaries, Bernama reports. This was not the case as they soon found out as they were sent to other sectors on the island with their passports taken away from them.
The lack of passports have limited their movement and their ability to come home and the Johor Borneo Association says that there was nothing much it could do, due to the lack of evidence.
Donny Linan, the chairperson for the Association said that he has received many complaints from Sarawakians who have reportedly been cheated.
"The complaints are made by those who were able to escape and most of them are in their 20s and 30s," he told Bernama in Johor Bahru. "The young people, especially the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)-leavers who have never left home, are easily taken in by this, especially with the promise of good salary as they can help their families."With a salary offer of between RM2,000 and RM4,000 a month, the young people would easily jump for it," he added.
The problem was exacerbated by the fact that some of the masterminds behind some of the cases were Sarawakians themselves who went on a recruiting drive of Sarawak's interiors offering jobs in various sectors in Singapore.
Donny has said that the Association will open a Sarawak Information in Pasir Gudang to protect the interests of the Sarawak people living in Singapore. The centre will be jointly-run by the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party and will provide information on job offers in Singapore for the Sarawak-born people as well as step in as middlemen to resolve issues such as job scams.