Cops nab suspected masterminds in Cambodia job scam

The 47 Malaysians who were detained at the Bantey Meanchey provincial prison in Cambodia were released on Feb 15. (Bernama pic)

KUCHING: Police have detained two individuals believed to be the masterminds of the employment scam which led to 47 Malaysians being held at the Bantey Meanchey provincial prison in Cambodia on Dec 11.

Sarawak Commercial CID chief Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah said the suspects, a man and a woman, both aged 35, were picked up from two separate houses in Traffic Garden and Taman Chung Hua at 5pm yesterday.

“Police also seized mobile phones, ATM cards well as Mastercard and BigPay cards. Initial screening found the man was positive for methamphetamine,” he said in a statement here today.

Both suspects were brought to the station for further investigation under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

Mustafa said remand applications under Section 117 of the Criminal Code Procedure would be made at the Kuching Magistrate’s Court if the investigation could not be wrapped up in 24 hours.

So far, 23 victims comprising 18 men and five women have lodged police reports.

Yesterday, police also obtained a four-day remand order for a 35-year-old man in the same case.

The 47 Malaysians involved returned home from Cambodia on Feb 17.