Malaysia-bound man laments his fate

Himalayan News Service

Pokhara, May 11:

Binod Lama, a resident of Bhanu-9 of Tanahun, was deported by the Malaysian authorities as he tried to enter that country some days ago. He was arrested under charges of holding fake papers. Not only was the money he had invested was wasted, he was also beaten up by the police that arrested him. Binod, who went to Malaysia through a manpower agency, the NN International Overseas, was deported to Nepal from Malaysia along with 54 other Nepalis.

According to Binod, all of them were baton-charged by the Malaysian police in cells there. The Nepali police back home weren’t of much help either. The only thing they had to give the Nepalis in Kathmandu were a few more blows with iron rods.

“We were arrested at the airport as soon as we landed there. We were charged with holding fake certificates. However, upon further investigation in Nepal, it was found that my certificates were genuine,” Binod said. He had spent Rs 75,000 for the purpose. “I had taken loans and now I am in debt. I cannot think of a way to repay the amount,” he said. He had been sent to Malaysia by the manpower agency to work as a driver with a monthly salary of Rs 17 thousand. “As passports of others that I went along with were fake I had to pay the price,” he lamented.