47 Malaysian detainees in Cambodia freed

Jubilant detainees upon hearing news of their release.

KUCHING, Feb 15: The 47 Malaysians who were detained in Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison in Cambodia since December last year have been released.

Local non-governmental organisation (NGO) Antarabangsa chief Datuk Dr Mustapha Ahmad Marican confirmed the release today, according to Bernama.

He said Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen approved the release of the Malaysian detainees after investigations revealed that they were indeed victims of a human trafficking syndicate.


Santubong MP Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, via text a message, confirmed the news.

“We are successful to get the release of the 47 Malaysians under detention in Cambodia. Alhamdulillah,” he said via Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief Dato Idris Buang.

Meanwhile, Julau MP Larry Sng also confirmed with DayakDaily that they have indeed been released

“We are looking to arrange their flights home,” he said, while adding that low cost carrier AirAsia would bear the costs of bringing the detainees home. — DayakDaily