Foreign Ministry thanks Cambodia over release of 47 Malaysian detainees

PUTRAJAYA, Foreign Ministry thanked the Cambodian government for ensuring the release of the 47 Malaysians who were detained in the Banteay Meanchey prison recently.

In a statement Friday night, the ministry confirmed that all 47 of them had been freed as of 7.30pm (Malaysian time).

The Malaysian government wishes to extend its special thanks to the Honourable Prime Minister of Cambodia, His Excellency Hun Sen and the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, His Excellency Prak Sokhonn for the personal attention given on the matter.

Malaysia would also like to extend its appreciation to the Senior Minister of Special Mission, Minister of Interior, Minister of Justice as well as all relevant Cambodian authorities in extending their cooperation for the release of the 47 Malaysians, it read.

The Ministry, also known as Wisma Putra said it valued the cooperation given by Julau MP Larry Sng and the Sarawak state government which had brought about the early release.

The Ministry, together with the Sarawak state government working with the Cambodian authorities to arrange for the detainees to be sent back, it said before reminding all Malaysians to be cautious of similar job opportunities offered in foreign countries.

It advised Malaysians to be extra wary and to always verify the prospective employer's information before taking up such job offers.

It was reported that the 47 Malaysians were detained in Cambodia since Dec 11 last year on charges of cheating, initiating and carrying out illegal online gambling activities.

They claimed to have been duped by a job agency syndicate.

Source: NAM News Network