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Home Soon: 29 M’sians tricked by fake job offers in Cambodia to return in stages

PUTRAJAYA: Twenty-nine Malaysians who were victims of bogus job scams in Cambodia will be brought back to Malaysia in stages from the end of September.

They were currently detained by immigration authorities in Cambodia.

Malaysian Ambassador to Cambodia Datuk Eldeen Mohd Hashin (pictured) said the whole process would take until October.

Speaking to Bernama on Tuesday, September 13, he explained that the latest group of 29 people were among 53 duped victims who were rescued but had to be detained because they did not have valid travel documents. So far, 24 returned to Malaysia last Friday (9 September).

“These 29 do not have passports; or even if they have passports, they are no longer valid or they could have sneaked into the country.

“They are being investigated and the process is taking time because the victims are not only Malaysians because there are also victims from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia etc. so we will have to wait. .

“We have received reports that the investigations are almost complete and we will try to bring them back as soon as possible, but we cannot bring them back completely as the cases are dealt with on an individual basis,” he added.

Eldeen said another 30 Malaysians had been reported as victims of an employment scam union in Cambodia and efforts were underway to trace them.

“In total, we have received 148 reports at our embassy and we have rescued 118 people so far.”

On Friday, Eldeen accompanied Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah to bring back 24 victims, aged between 20 and 30.

Saifuddin reportedly said he visited seven Malaysians detained at the immigration depot in Phnom Penh on a brief working visit, while 22 others were detained in Sihanoukville. – Bernama