Malaysians reminded to be cautious of ‘opportunities’ in foreign countries

Jubilant detainees upon hearing news of their release.

KUCHING, Feb 15: Malaysians travelling abroad are reminded to abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they visit, said the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

This following the detention of 47 Malaysians, 44 of whom were Sarawakians, in Cambodia since December last year following suspected involvement in online gambling activities.

The Malaysian detainees were released today following approval by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, after investigations revealed they were duped by a human trafficking syndicate.

“The Ministry wishes to remind all Malaysians to be cautious of opportunities in foreign countries and always verify the prospective employers,” the Ministry said in a statement.

On that note, the ministry confirmed that all 47 Malaysians detained in Banteay Meanchey prison had been released at 6.30pm Cambodian time (7.30pm Malaysian time).


“The Malaysian Government wishes to extend its special thanks to the Honourable Prime Minister of Cambodia, His Excellency Hun Sen and the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, His Excellency Prak Sokhonn for the personal attention given on the matter.

“Malaysia would also like to extend its appreciation to the Senior Minister of Special Mission, Minister of Interior, Minister of Justice as well as all relevant Cambodian authorities in extending their cooperation for the release of the Malaysians,” the Ministry recorded.

It also recorded its appreciation to the close cooperation given by Julau MP Larry Sng and the Sarawak government, which had brought about the early release of the 47 Malaysians. — DayakDaily