Some job scam victims had gone to Cambodia 17 times, say cops

Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) head Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah giving details of the three suspects at a press conference in Kuching today.

KUCHING: Police today said some of the 40 Sarawakians who were victims of a job scam in Cambodia had gone to the country for up to 17 times.

They also said they were looking for three suspects believed to have acted as “local facilitators” for the syndicate which duped the Malaysians with promises of high-paying jobs in Phnom Penh.

They are Mohd Ghafar Abd Jamal, Chang Ying Shiong and Lai King Loong.

The 40 Sarawakians were among 47 Malaysians who had been held at the Bantey Meanchey provincial prison outside the Cambodian capital for more than two months from Dec 11.

Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) head Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah said Ghafar had returned to Malaysia two days before their arrests.

He said police believed all three suspects were still in Malaysia.

“We believe there are more suspects but we need further evidence before we can disclose their names,” he told a press conference here.

Mustafa urged 12 alleged victims of the scam who had not lodged reports to do so and assist the police in their investigations.

He also said 38 cases involving job syndicates in Sarawak were investigated last year, with 27 brought to court.

“There have also been 13 cases this year and seven have been brought to court,” he said, adding that all were local syndicates.