Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Any update on July arrest of Saravanan's moneyman, Dato Malik?

The socmed is focussed on DPP's decision to not proceed with the 47 charges against Zahid. Controversy arise why after Prima Facie was established. There is also pre-emptive moves speculation.

Will deal with the issue later. Its a subject for RCI on Mahathir, Tommy Thomas and Latheefa Koya. 

More interesting, the news on gambling-linked corruption to politician, which Sabahkini2 had a scoop here, suddenly disappeared from English and Chinese media portal. 

Only reports available are of RGB Director out on bail, and denied of any arrest. Strange indeed because the MACC round-up held up 13 people including 4 Tan Sri in which one is a Muslim Melayu and Hamzah Zainuddin touted to be the recipient. Did someone pay off the MSM to pull down their reports?    

It reminded of Abdul Malik Dasthigeer or known as Dato Malik, who is widely believed to be the proxy and bag carrier for M Saravanan cum a man of various business exploits and wealth. 

He was arrested and investigated for money laundering and reported on July 23rd to have been released on bail. Other media also gave wide coverage to his release similar to RGB. Similar isn't it? So what happen to his case?

Anti-MACC and PDRM whistleblower and PN sympathiser, Edisi Siasat accused it is also hushed hushed.

According to whistleblower portal gaining credibility, Corporate Secret, his asset forfeited by MACC includes RM38 million cash, 17 luxury cars and 200 kg of gold bars.  

Dato Malik is believed to be hands in glove with former Human Resource Minister, M Saravanan. Held together with him is Bersatu's Datuk V Saravana Kumar.  

In relation to the arrest, Malaysiakini hinted Saravanan was being investigated. He responded to question why does it got do with him. He dispelled it as rumours.

The thing is it is not beliveable. Saravanan is on Edisi Siasat watchlist

Financetwitter had a story on him here as an MIC gangster, who hailed from Sentul in women traficking and mentored by another Mahathir era gangster, to become rich from "human traficking" of Bangla Deshi workers during the pandemic administration of Perikatan Nasional.

It was a surprise as to why then Home Minister subcontracted his authority to the Human Resource Ministry during PN government.

If Edisi Siasat and FinanceTwitter are not acceptable sources of information, then the local Dakka based news portal below seemed more legitimate. 

Tale of a Malaysian labour market racketeer

Staff Correspondent

The Business Post

30 Jul 2023 22:11:36 | Update: 30 Jul 2023 22:39:57

File photo shows Bangladeshi migrants waiting in a queue to board their flight at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka — TBP Photo

Founder and Chairman of Malaysia-based Malik Group of Companies Abdul Malik Dasthigeer – widely known as Dato Malik – have finally been arrested, as the country’s authorities busted a syndicate linked to corruption, breach of trust, smuggling, and under-declaration of taxes.

During a multi-agency raid on July 25, Malaysian authorities arrested the “Datuk” businessman and his accomplices, and seized around RM38 million in cash and 200 kilograms of gold, reports bilingual news portal Free Malaysia Today.

Dato Malik is a well-known proxy and bag carrier for former human resource minister of Malaysia Saravanan Murugan. Saravanan made his ill-gotten fortune by running a syndicate to control the process of hiring foreign workers.

Over the span of years, the mastermind’s schemes left hundreds of thousands of aspirant workers – a sizable portion of which are Bangladeshis – practically penniless.

Saravanan’s syndicate – which Malik is a key part of – had deliberately set a limit of 25 agencies to create a monopoly in the process of recruiting Bangladeshi workers, which accelerated all related costs significantly.

Industry insiders say Dato Malik is the main associate of Dato Sri Amin, a Malaysian national of Bangladeshi origin, who is the alleged mastermind of a syndicate involved in the process of recruiting workers for Malaysia.

It was through Malik that Dato Sri Amin got the approval of various companies to send workers to that country. Dato Sri Amin's company Bestinet and Malaysian company KSM acted as media for sending workers overseas.

Manpower exporters say this sector of Bangladesh is facing hurdles due to Dato Malik's schemes. In 2007, about seven lakh workers went to Malaysia. However, since reopening of the market, only 1.80 lakh workers have been sent to that country till July 16.

The situation has raised questions among stakeholders.

Insiders say because of Dato Malik’s involvement, the cost of going to Malaysia has increased significantly for workers. At the same time, the process of sending workers as per International Labour Organization (ILO) rules has been disrupted.

Although the employer is supposed to bear all the costs of hiring workers, workers cannot be sent free of cost due to unethical extra payment requirements of Foreign Workers Centralized Management System (FWCMCH). The migrant workers are suffering because of this system.

According to sources, Dato Sri Amin owns four companies – SPPA, JR Joint, Bestinet, and Cinerflux. After buying citizenship of Malaysia, he has been running the business of recruiting people from Bangladesh using different company names.

Meanwhile, the Bangladeshi community living in Malaysia alleged that Dato Sri Amin, who became influential overnight in Malaysia by doing manpower recruitment business, not only took people to Malaysia, but also took money to send illegal people back to the country.

Aminur Rahman and his Bestinet made a business of taking up to a thousand ringgit (around Tk 22,000) from each illegal immigrant to send them back home, while Abdul Malik Dasthigeer is the main accomplice of these corruptions.

The hiring costs were so incredibly ridiculous that Bangladesh refused to send any workers in 2020, till a transparent system was in place. Malik, the former human resource minister’s trusted lieutenant, laundered dirty money from the Bangladeshi recruitment businesses.

According to Malaysian authorities, simultaneous raids were conducted at 34 locations around the Klang Valley. The gold seized during the operation was valued at RM60 million. Officers also seized 17 luxury cars.

Malik is the founder and chairman of Malik Group of Companies, which comprises Malik Streams Corporation Sdn Bhd, Malik Maju Sdn Bhd, Malik Streams Properties Sdn Bhd, Malik Streams Antenna Movies Sdn Bhd, and Malik Streams Production & Distribution.

He is well known for bringing in artists from India to perform Tamil concerts in Malaysia.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Azam Baki told Malaysian news outlets that a case was being investigated under the MACC Act 2009, Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, Income Tax Act 1967, and Customs Act 1967 after the raid.

The operation was carried out in collaboration with six other enforcement agencies, namely the police, immigration department, customs department, Bank Negara Malaysia, Inland Revenue Board, and CyberSecurity Malaysia.

This operation, codenamed Op 82S, is the first one in Malaysia conducted under the Multi-Agency Task Force, which is chaired by the country's attorney general.

How Saravanan cornered Bangladeshi expatriates

According to Malaysian media reports, Saravanan’s biggest dirty money machine was the hiring of foreign workers into the country.

On June 16 last year, Saravanan said Bangladesh and Malaysia had agreed to a limit of 25 agencies to recruit Bangladeshi workers for Malaysia. However, the next day, Bangladesh’s Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad rubbished the statement.

The Bangladeshi minister had also clarified that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by both countries did not mention anything about a 25-agency limit.

Worse, despite admitting that there was a surplus of illegal Bangladeshi workers in the country, Saravanan had pushed to bring in more Bangladeshis. And the disgraced human resource minister deliberately set a limit of 25 agencies to create a monopoly.

The cost of hiring foreign workers shot up from about RM16,000 to RM20,000 per worker because various agencies involved had to “share the money at different levels.”

The Bangladeshi government wanted its Malaysian counterpart to connect to their online system to detect irregularities, but was declined.

If the Malaysian labour market is allowed to link directly to the Bangladeshi system, it would kill syndicates and middlemen, ending the monopoly and corruption. Saravanan rejected it as he was on top of the food chain of the lucrative market.

Media reports hinted that the ill-gotten cash and luxurious cars recently seized by the Malaysian government show how the business has made Saravanan and his cronies – including Dato Malik – mega rich.

The arrestees also included businessman and politician Datuk V Saravanan Kumar and Datuk Shafee Zaman – the owner of Tamil newspaper Nanban.

More than 30 suspects have been identified by the Malaysian anti-corruption agency, which also busted a syndicate involved in corruption, smuggling, money laundering, and illegal tax evasion.

Dato Malik is currently out on bail, following his arrest by the Malaysian authorities last Tuesday under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.


This has international implication on Malaysia especially with the US's concern with human traficking and now it is done openly. 

In the past incident like Wang Kelian can be ignored and good diplomacy can sweet talk Hillary Clinton. Not any more.

This is ESG, and retaliation is economics from the MNCs voluntarily out of environmental and ethical concerns.

Is that the reason Malaysia is trailing to our neighbours despite ASEAN is one of the world's leading recipient of FDI?

To cover for that, the NIMP is talking more of DDI and MITI's latest report talks of ASEAN FDI, downplaying Malaysia's?

Most sickening, Saravanan seemed unfazed of the exposure of himself. Not too difficult to draw a conclusion.

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