KUALA LUMPUR: Don’t fall for advertisements promising overseas jobs with high pay.
That was the message from two victims of a human trafficking syndicate, who told the media about their plight through a video call organized by MCA’s Department of Public Services and Complaints.
Both are currently being held in a migrant detention camp in Cambodia.
One of the men, who declined to be named, said he was duped by a local union with the promise of a high salary.
“They really promised us a high salary to work abroad, but when we went there, we realized that everything was wrong.
“They forced us to work as online scammers,” he said, adding that he missed his family.
He said they were mistreated by the union in Cambodia and were relieved when authorities finally arrested and detained the members.
The second victim said that when they arrived in Cambodia, all his personal documents were seized by the union.
“I was also forced to become an online scammer. We are now detained by the detention camp authorities but they treat us well,” he added.
The two men hoped to be able to return home soon.
The press conference was attended by MCA Youth Executive Secretary Goh Boon Huat and Department Head Datuk Seri Michael Chong.
Chong said he has received information about more than 40 similar cases of people detained by overseas unions.
“Now I also get calls from parents asking me to advise their children not to fall for such offers.
“I have spoken to some of these young people, but they are reluctant to believe me when I tell them that they are scams.
“They ask me how I know the offers they are getting are fake and tell me the only way they can know for sure is to go out there and find out,” he said, adding that was why they organized the video. call victims so the public knows what will happen to them if they fall for these scams.
Chong said eight Malaysians are currently being held by Cambodian authorities while two more are expected to return home soon.
“The Malaysian Ambassador to Cambodia, Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim appealed to the Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister to urge the authorities to release these Malaysians and send them home,” he added.