The Malaysian Immigration Department has arrested a Bangladeshi man along with 25 others suspected of involvement in running a syndicate with international links to sell passports and fake work permits.
Authorities suspect the 50-year-old Bangladeshi made millions in ill-gotten money through the syndicate, reports Malaysian daily The Star.
Immigration Director General Datuk Seri Mustafur Ali said the syndicate is believed to be the biggest uncovered to date.
He added that this development was being seen as a threat to national security, and that stern action will be taken against those responsible.
During the raids, about 100 Bangladeshi passports were found with newly-issued work permits.
Mustafur said it was also imperative that not just the mastermind, but also his runners have to be taken down owing to the vast network the syndicate now seems to have operated.