Pinoy tourists told: Don't fall for illegal recruiters in Malaysia
MANILA – Attention Pinoy tourists -- don't be conned into readily accepting high-paying job offers from individuals who promise to convert tourist visas into work permits in Malaysia.
"Please be informed that foreigners, including Filipinos who travel to Malaysia as tourists, cannot work here legally," the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said.
The embassy said it received reports that some Pinoys travel to Malaysia as tourists and then try their luck in landing a job in the country. They then get "referrals" from other individuals, and then give their money and passports to these "agents", who 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 here in Malaysia," the embassy said.
The embassy reiterated its advice to Filipinos to remain vigilant and not to deal with unlicensed individuals or purported placement agencies.
They should also verify job offers in Malaysia 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.