KUCHING, March 4: The lure of lucrative-paying jobs appears to have landed eight Sarawakians in trouble, this time in Liberia, an African nation.
However, the Malaysian Foreign Ministry has intervened, and they are expected to arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at about 8.30am tomorrow.
Recently, 47 Malaysians, including 40 Sarawakians, were duped in similar circumstances, and they had to squat in a provincial prison in Cambodia for 65 days before they were released.
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii, in a statement yesterday, said he was made aware about the fate of the eight Sarawakians a month ago. The eight were left stranded in Monrovia, Liberia, since Feb 4.
“I have been in communication with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato Saifuddin Abdullah since I was made aware of the case about a month ago. I had followed up on the efforts of the Foreign Ministry to bring our fellow Sarawakians home.
“I am grateful for all the efforts made by the minister and the ministry in ensuring successful diplomatic negotiations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia, the Honourable Gbehzohgar M Findley. They even despatched two special officials as special envoys to Monrovia on Feb 26,” revealed Dr Yii.
He added that Saifuddin, himself and Mas Gading MP Mordi Bimol would be in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow to welcome the eight Sarawakians home. They will board an AirAsia flight back to Kuching on the same day, which is expected to reach Kuching International Aiport at about 8.30pm. — DayakDaily