Cambodia fraud case: 2 more suspects arrested in Kuching

Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah

KUCHING, Feb 25: The state Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) has arrested two more suspects in connection with the recent fraud case that lured 47 Malaysians to Cambodia, where they ended up in a provincial prison for 65 days.

State CCID chief Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah said the suspects, a male and a female, both 35, were arrested at 5pm yesterday (Feb 24) in two houses — at Traffic Garden and at Taman Chung Hua here.

“Police also confiscated mobile phones, automated teller machine (ATM) card and Mastercard Bigpay. An initial urine test revealed that the male suspect was positive for Methamphetamine,” Mustafa said.

With these arrests, the number of suspects collared so far is three. Last Saturday, (Feb 23), police arrested a local man, also 35-years-old, here at about 3pm to facilitate the investigation.

To date, 23 people, including five women, have lodged police reports on the case.


The 47 Malaysians, including 40 Sarawakians, were enticed into working in the hotel industry in Cambodia with monthly salaries of between US$1,200 and US$1,500.

They arrived at Siem Reap, Cambodia, separately between October and November last year.

They were then arrested and detained at the Banteay Meanchey provincial prison since Dec 11 on charges of cheating, initiating and carrying out illegal online gambling activities.

All of them were released after it was found that they were duped by a syndicate. They returned home on Feb 17. — DayakDaily