The O'Farrell government, all 11 New South Wales universities, the NSW Police and four leading NSW museums have issued an unprecedented all-points alert warning international students about a phoney representative organisation controlled by a mysterious Chinese millionaire. After a double-pronged Crikey investigation shone a spotlight on the campus activities of the so-called "National Liaison Committee for International Students", run by Chinatown venture capitalist Jan "Master" Shang, NSW authorities have sprung into action, issuing a grave joint statement this morning denouncing the group and its activities. The NSW Office of Fair Trading has launched a high-level investigation into Shang's bogus "Safety Card", issued by NLC subsidiary the "Overseas Students Association", which claims to offer students non-existent discounts at a range of Sydney museums and cultural institutions and, even more seriously, extra protection from police. It will probe alleged breaches of Australian consumer laws.
Master Shang’s bogus student group blackballed after Crikey probe
A two-part Crikey investigation into an illegitimate overseas student group accused of scams and rorts has led to an unprecedented government crackdown.