Malaysian police arrested a man who impersonated as an Immigration officer to cheat foreign workers.

Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah said the 53-year-old man was arrested from Jalan Bukit Bintang area. He told AFP that the suspect would put on a "Home Ministry jacket" and introduces himself as a "Datuk Seri Chong Kok Man" by showing fake Immigration Department name card.

The suspect used to approach foreign workers to assist in renewing their social passes and would charge the employers between RM 600 and RM 2,000.

ACP Zainol said the suspect would meet the victims near the Putrajaya Immigration office or in Bukit Bintang to collect the money. But after receiving the money he used to switch off his mobile in order to stop all contacts with them.

In a press conference on Friday, ACP Zainol said: "We believe the suspect has been active for the past two years. He was arrested about 24 years ago for 10 similar cases and sentenced to a year in prison."

He has urged the victims to come forward and lodge police complaints regarding this. The case is investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.