8 Malaysians to return from Africa after falling victim to job scam

Liberia’s capital Monrovia, where 8 Malaysians were promised lucrative jobs only to find out they were cheated. (AFP pic)

PETALING JAYA: Eight Malaysian victims of a job scam who had been stranded in Liberia will be returning home, following diplomatic efforts by Wisma Putra to secure their release.

The group will arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport tomorrow.

It is the second incident this year involving Malaysians who went abroad to work, following the release of 47 Malaysians from a Cambodian prison after they were found to be victims of a human smuggling syndicate.

Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said the eight were Sarawakians who were cheated by a Malaysian job syndicate.

Kelvin Yii.

He said he was alerted about their plight a month ago and had kept constantly in touch with Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.

Assistance was sought from Liberian Foreign Minister Gbehzohgar M Findley to seek the release of the Sarawakians, with Malaysia despatching two special envoys to Monrovia on Feb 26.

Yii said authorities should investigate the activities of unscrupulous job syndicates enticing locals to faraway countries with the promise of lucrative jobs.

“Those responsible must be brought to justice and people must be given better protection. People must be educated to be always vigilant against such activities. They must not fall victim.”