Malaysian detainees well treated in Cambodian prison, says Sarawak MP

Julau MP Larry Sng Wei Shien. (Bernama pic)

BANTEAY MEANCHEY: The 47 Malaysians, currently under detention at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison, are being treated well by the prison authorities, Julau MP Larry Sng Wei Shien said today.

During his brief meeting with prison officials, Sng was informed that their superior was even willing to use his own money to purchase halal food for four Muslim detainees.

“I was informed that the 47 detainees were well taken care of. There is enough food for them and the chief will buy halal food for Muslims.

“I was also told that the prison authorities were also concerned about some detainees who developed skin rashes. A medical officer, who is with us on this visit, has supplied them with the necessary medicines,” he told Bernama News Channel today.

Sng arrived at the prison with media personnel and two family members at 10.30am after leaving from Kuala Lumpur.

According to Sng, only 25 families have so far met and contacted him to inquire about the detention of the victims, aged between 19 and 44.

“For this brief visit, we only brought along two family representatives. Family members of detainees who are unable to join us have entrusted me to look into their children’s condition. I will update them once I go back to Kuching.”

Sng added that should the detention be prolonged, he would try to bring more family representatives here.

Request to free the 47 Malaysians

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah today contacted Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn, who is also foreign and international cooperation minister, to request for the release of all the detainees.

Saifuddin expressed his gratitude to the Cambodian deputy prime minister for his concern on the matter this afternoon.

“I also requested that Cambodia cooperate in ensuring the welfare of Malaysians,” he said in a statement.

Saifuddin said two senior officials from Wisma Putra, comprising the consular division secretary and the head of the legal division of the foreign ministry, had left for Banteay Meanchey today to continue discussions with the Cambodian authorities concerning the detention of the Malaysians.

Last Thursday, Sng, in a press conference, revealed that 47 Malaysians, believed to be victims of trafficking syndicates, were being held at a prison in the country.

Earlier, the Cambodian authorities informed the foreign ministry that they were detained on suspicion of being involved in illegal online gambling activities.