NGO urges ex-detainees to lodge police reports

Datuk John Lau Pang Heng

KUCHING, Feb 18: Sarawak Community Policing Association (SCPA) today advised all the 47 ex-Malaysian detainees to lodge police reports on the scam that lured them to Cambodia.

SCPA chairman Datuk John Lau Pang Heng said by so doing, the police could investigate the employment agency or agencies behind the nightmares they (ex-detainees) had to endure in Cambodia.

“We call upon the relevant authorities to take stern actions against the employment agency or agencies if the latter is/are found to be involved in employment scams,” Lau said in a statement today.


He added that such an employment agency’s licence needed to be revoked and be punished accordingly. In addition, their name and shareholders’ names ought to be published so that Sarawakians would be aware of their illegal activities and to prevent recurrence of a similar episode.

Although the local employment agency might have been misled by their counterpart in Cambodia, Lau opined that through police investigations, the true picture would be revealed.

SCPA, he revealed, had received a similar report from youths being misled to work in Macau in 2018 to do illegal activities. Hence, it appeared that oversea agencies were targeting Sarawakians.

“SCPA would like to advise youths planning to work overseas to be doubly careful as there are not many such highly paid jobs overseas. If there are any highly paid jobs, they would have taken their own citizens to do the job first.

“Nothing comes easy. Everyone needs to work hard, diligently and learn one thing at a time,” Lau emphasised.

As work advanced towards borderless businesses, he urged everyone to be very careful and always check with the relevant government authorities or elected representatives.

Meanwhile, SCPA congratulates the Sarawak government for its efforts in bringing home the 40 Sarawakians and three Sabahans

“SCPA salutes the Sarawak government for continuing to fight for Sarawak’s rights and to protect Sarawakians’ privileges and benefits,” Lau said. — DayakDaily