Sarawakians stranded in Solomon Islands back safe and sound

Masing’s private secretary Henry Yan (right) shaking hands with Ugot (2nd right) at KIA upon their arrival from Singapore.

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By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, June 28: The Sarawakian natives who were stranded in the Solomon Islands couldn’t have been more grateful to have touched down safely in Sarawak after a harrowing experience.

Among those they thanked for their safe return were Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak, Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau and the Malaysian Honorary Consulate General in Solomon Islands.

“We had a very bitter experience from the Solomon Islands. I advise all Sarawakians who seek job opportunities working overseas to always get proper documentation, including work permits and job offers in black and white,” said Ugot Masam, from Rumah Gramong Mujong, Baleh, who was one of the six stranded at the Solomon Islands.

The others were Ricky Alex, Melingang Laja, and Edau Mengit from Baleh, and Anyie Ngau and Denis Anyie Ngau from Baram.

Dennis (left) meeting the two Kayan men from Baram at Miri Airport today.

When contacted, Masing who is currently in Australia, hoped the men would lodge a police report, so as to ascertain the truth why they were stranded for two months without pay in a foreign country.

“The truth of this Solomon Islands fiasco is yet to be determined. A police report will ascertain the truth.

“As far as I’m concerned the six were crying foul when the Malaysian ambassador to Papua New Guinea called me to assist them. They wanted to be back home but had no money. I was told it was scam. So, police investigation on this case will reveal the truth,” said Masing.

Meanwhile, DayakDaily was notified that the employer of the six men had lodged a police report in the Solomon Islands. — DayakDaily