CCID probing scam that landed 47 Malaysians in Cambodian prison

Supt Mustafa Kamal Ghani Abdullah

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Feb 18: Four victims of the scam that lured 47 Malaysians to Cambodia lodged police reports at the Sarawak Police Contingent Headquarters (IPK) here today.

State commercial crime chief Supt Mustafa Kamal Ghani Abdullah said the first report was made at IPK at about 12.43pm, and all four reports were made by the victims themselves.

“This case is now under the state Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID), and it is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code,” Mustafa said.

A syndicate, allegedly headed by a local mastermind, is believed to have scammed 40 Sarawakians, 4 West Malaysians and 3 Sabahans into going to Cambodia by offering them high-paying jobs.

The 47 eventually ended up at Banteay Meanchey Prison in Poipet Province for 65 days, before they were released two days ago.

The ex-detainees said they had arrived in batches in Cambodia after being lured with bogus jobs offering between US$1,200 and US$1,500 (RM5,040 and RM6,300) monthly salaries.

They were arrested in a raid by the Cambodian police on Dec 11 on the grounds of dabbling in illegal online gambling. — DayakDaily