Monday, November 28

Abang Johari to be briefed on detainees’ situation tomorrow


Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

SIBU: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will be briefed tomorrow (Feb 11) on matters concerning the 44 Sarawakians currently being detained in a provincial jail in Cambodia.

In this respect, he says he has yet to receive any information about the situation.

“Now our representative is in Putrajaya, and today (Saturday) there is a meeting in Putrajaya (on the matter),” he told reporters when met during a Chinese New Year visit to Dudong assemblyman Datuk Tiong Thai King, who is also Sibu Municipal Council chairman, at the latter’s residence here yesterday afternoon.

On Thursday, the Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed that 44 Sarawakians were among the 47 Malaysians – aged between 19 and 44 – who had been in detention at a provincial jail in Cambodia since Dec 11 last year.

These detainees are suspected of being involved in illegal online gambling activities.

It is reported that the Foreign Affairs Ministry received information about the detention from the police of Poipet in Banteay Meanchey Province, Western Cambodia on Dec 28.