Report: Some Malaysian victims of employment scams in Cambodia refused to rescue

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Malaysians are among the foreign nationals who have fallen victim to hiring scam syndicates operating from Cambodia. — Photo by Choo Choy May

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

Sunday, September 4, 2022 10:27 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, September 4 – Putrajaya has rescued more than 100 Malaysians scammed into taking jobs in Cambodia since 2018, but some have refused to leave the country, The Sunday Star reported today.

Malaysians are among foreign nationals who have fallen victim to hiring scam syndicates operating out of the Indochinese nation for years now, although the issue has only recently come to public attention.

According to Malaysian Ambassador Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim, those reluctant to be rescued or returned to Malaysia are usually either runaways or victims hiding from loan sharks.

“We saved a lot of them, but a lot of them don’t want to go back to Malaysia either. Some of them ran away from home, others fled Ah Long.

“Sometimes they don’t want to tell their parents the truth. When parents don’t know what to do, they create their stories that their children were kidnapped and forced to work.

“But when we rescue them, they don’t want to go back,” he reportedly said.

Some of the victims of the employment scams have reported horror stories of brutal treatment by their captors after being lured with lucrative salaries, multiple news outlets have reported.

In one such incident, 16 Malaysians who succumbed to such offers and traveled to Cambodia said they were forced to join the union without any pay and would receive electric shocks if they refused. .

Eldeen said the Malaysian government was working hard with Cambodian authorities to crack down on these unions.

Still, the lengthy rescue process frustrated family members, to whom Eldeen suggested they often “take their grievances to deputies, state officials, and the press without understanding the situation.”

Immigration paperwork was among the reasons given for the slow delays in returning rescued Malaysians to their homes.

Eldeen was quoted as saying that some of them traveled without proper documentation and are being forced to serve sentences under Cambodian immigration laws before they can be brought back to Malaysia.

“But the embassy can plead for them to be deported instead of being sent to prison,” he said.

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