The 47 Malaysians may be flown home on private flight

Consular staffs of the Malaysian Embassy in Cambodia have been working hard to complete the paperwork for the Malaysian detainees.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Feb 16: The Sarawak government is arranging for a private flight to bring the 47 Malaysians back from Cambodia tomorrow.

The Malaysians, 40 of them Sarawakians, were detained at the Banteay Manchey Provincial Prison near Siem Reap since Dec 11 last year but were released at 6.30pm (Cambodian time) yesterday after investigations revealed they were duped by a human trafficking syndicate.

According to the state’s public communications unit (Ukas), delegation leaders Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, Dato Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and officials from the Malaysian Embassy in Cambodia are preparing the necessary emergency travel documents.

Some of the Malaysians do not have valid travel documents as they were taken by the syndicate.

Fatimah (seated second right) and Wan Junaidi (seated right) poses with consul staffs of the Malaysian Embassy after rushing through the paperwork and emergency travel document for the Malaysian detainees.

Earlier today, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government would spare no effort, including bearing the cost, to bring the Sarawakians home. — DayakDaily