Sunday, July 21

Four reports lodged over Cambodian detention


KUCHING: Police have so far received four reports regarding the alleged job scam which led to 47 Malaysians being detained in a Cambodian prison recently.

Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah said the first report was made at the Sarawak police headquarters at 12.43pm yesterday.

“So far, there are four police reports lodged. We are investigating the reports under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating,” he said in a statement.

Mustafa Kamal added that he was unable to comment on the matter in details, as he did not want to jeopardise the probe.

The detainees, including 40 Sarawakians, were held at the Banteay Meanchey provincial jail after they were arrested on Dec 11 last year, having been accused of participating in an illegal online gambling operation.

The decision to release the 47 Malaysians came after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen determined that the detainees were deceived by a syndicate acting as job agents.

The Sarawakians and three Sabahans arrived here on Sunday on board a chartered flight, accompanied by Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah and Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, among other officials.