At least 150 Indians have been stranded in Malaysia after being duped by their job agent who got them into Malaysia and allegedly fled with their documents and money, an Indian High Commission official said in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.
"Thirty nine Indians came to us to seek help, we immediately arranged for a shelter for them," the official told PTI adding that according to the men at least 111 others were also stranded at various places in the city.
A local daily said most of them are from Bihar and Maharashtra.
The High Commission official said that these people had come to Malaysia on a tourist visa and were promised jobs by the agent who allegedly fled with their documents and money.
"At least 150 are waiting in India to fly into the country here, we have alerted the officials to check their visas," the official said adding that the men paid at least one to two lakh rupees each to come to Malaysia to work.
"The agent did not bring them here on a work visa. It is also the fault of these gullible men who give large sums of money in India to ruthless so called recruitment agents without checking their visas," the official said.
He said that most of the men who had come to the High Commission for help had worked in Gulf countries before and were not really financially insecure.
"Some said they would look for a hotel to stay, while some said they would ask relatives to send money for them to leave," he said.
"We have extended our help to them to process them a temporary travel document," he added.
Every year thousands of Indians come to Malaysia, both skilled and semi skilled, dreaming of big money promised by job agents.
There have been several cases each year of workers being abused by their employers, non payment of salaries with the men wanting to go back home but unable to do so as their passports are kept by the employers.