SEPANG: A group of 24 Malaysians who fell victim to job scams in Cambodia were successfully brought home from Phnom Penh today.
The victims, aged between 20 and 30, came home with foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah, who was in Phnom Penh on a working visit.
Saifuddin said 29 other Malaysians were still being held at an immigration depot in Cambodia because they did not have valid travel documents when they entered the country.
However, they were all safe, he told reporters.
Saifuddin said he managed to visit seven Malaysians who were at the Phnom Penh immigration depot, while 22 more were reported to be detained in the Sihanoukville region.
“They will be repatriated in stages depending on the Cambodian immigration department because some do not have valid travel documents and the cases involve investigations by the Cambodian side,” he told reporters on arrival.
Saifuddin said out of 148 reported cases, 118 Malaysians who fell victim to job scams and human trafficking in Cambodia have been rescued so far.
“Thanks to the Cambodian government and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who gave specific instructions to conduct an operation to save some Malaysians there,” he said.
Saifuddin again warned Malaysians to be wary of lucrative job offers abroad.
“If you get any offers, contact our embassy in Phnom Penh, so that they can help check whether the company is legitimate or not instead of going there without the proper information,” he said.
He added that there were about 500 Malaysian companies operating in Cambodia and 5,000 Malaysians working and doing business in the country, and all were doing well.