Sarawakians make up highest number of foreign job scam victims, up to 1,000 possibly stranded in Myanmar

Fenny (left) poses for a photo with Wan Junaidi (second left) and his wife Fauziah (second right) during the courtesy visit on March 20, 2024. Photo credit: Awang Azmil (TVS).

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, March 20: The Foreign Ministry’s Sarawak Regional Office Director, Fenny Nuli has revealed that Sarawakians top the chart in Malaysia as victims of foreign job scams with up to 1,000 possibly marooned in Myanmar.

According to a TVS news report, Fenny said being top of the chart is another matter, but they also do not have the exact number of Sarawakians being the victims.

She believed that Sarawakians themselves had cultivated the desire to work abroad and there were additional factors such as better income and incentives.

“Better income and incentives had made the issue more dire as it further spurred them to accept the job offer without realising that in the end, it was fake and a scam.

“I hope to also bring the matter to Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian, to identify steps to overcome the problem as I had earlier discussed the matter with several ministers too, including Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and the Minister of Women, Children and Community Well-being Development, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah.”

She told reporters after paying a courtesy call on Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar at Astana Negeri, today.

Fenny also revealed that Wan Junaidi had echoed the same concern as her and is ready to offer help to deal with the matter based on his previous experience,

“He (Wan Junaidi) was one of the individuals who led the national delegation to save the victims of entertainment fraud in Cambodia before.

“He was specifically involved in rescuing Sarawakians abroad due to employment fraud and several other consular issues. This problem is no stranger to him,” she added.

Previously, Wan Junaidi was involved in an initiative to bring back 47 Malaysians who were victims of a job scam in Cambodia on Dec 11, 2018 which inluded 40 Sarawakians.

Fenny said her office is ready to cooperate with various agencies to overcome the issue and to increase awareness in the State.

“I plan to start it among students at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) this May and there is also a request from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).

“I will also share my experience in rescuing Malaysians, especially those from Sarawak who are victims of entertainment scams,” she said

Also present was Wan Junaidi’s wife Toh Puan Fauziah Mohd Sanusi. — DayakDaily