The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday warned Filipinos against individuals who offer to convert their tourist visas into work permits in exchange of large sum of money.
These individuals are also offering high-paying jobs to Filipinos.
“The embassy has received information and is acting on complaints from Filipinos about individuals who promise to convert their Social Visit Passes into work visas in exchange for money,” it said in a statement.
“Please be informed that foreigners, including Filipinos who travel to Malaysia as tourists, cannot work here legally,” it added.
The embassy earlier received reports that some Filipinos travel to Malaysia as tourists, and then try their luck in landing a job in the country.
They then get “referrals” from other individuals. The Filipinos pay these “agents” and provide them wirh their passports because of the promise to get them work visas.
A number of Filipinos have become victims of this form of illegal recruitment and fraud, and are now worried about their status in Malaysia.
The embassy reminded Filipinos “to be vigilant and not to deal with unlicensed individuals or purported placement agencies.”
Job offers should be verified with the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) in Manila or the embassy’s Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) before coming to Malaysia for a job. BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON