Mainland Chinese workers stage protest in Bintulu following exchange rate scam

Dato Sri Tiong King Sing

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KUCHING, April 1: Several Chinese workers have hanged white and red banners in front of a supermarket in Medan Jaya Commercial Centre, Bintulu recently to vent their frustration over an exchange rate scam.

Bintulu MP Dato Seri Tiong King Sing said dozens of employees from China have fallen victim to the scam where they lost hard-earned savings and unable to send money to their families back in China.

He thus urged the person responsible to make good on the agreement and compensate these Chinese workers accordingly.

“Do not give Bintulu a bad name because of your selfish behavior and make foreigners think this place is full of liars,” he said in a Facebook post dated March 30, 2022.

Tiong who is also Dudong assemblyman said that the middleman who allegedly did not even have a licence for currency exchange and remittance is operating on the edges of the law.

“After his fraud involving millions of ringgit is uncovered, it is time for him to own up to his mistakes and resolve it, instead of dragging his feet and making excuses, thinking that this matter can be swept under the carpet.

“Even if the middleman is unable to make the necessary compensation in a short period of time, he must continue negotiating with the victims to resolve the whole incident reasonably, instead of evading his wrongdoings,” he added.

Tiong who is Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China also called on the Bintulu police and Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) to complete the investigation and close the case as soon as possible following which an explanation must ensue.

After all, he said, Malaysia operates on the rule of law and everything should be resolved through legal channels. – DayakDaily