PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians who receive job offers from foreign countries can check with the Malaysian Representative Office Abroad (Malawakil) whether the job offer is genuine.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said this in light of recent cases of young Malaysians falling prey to human trafficking syndicates after being lured by telemarketing and customer service job offers in Cambodia. .
He said those who wanted to check the legitimacy of the job offer could email consular services online and Malawakil.
“You can also check with us. For example, if you receive an offer from a company in Phnom Penh.
“Ask us, we will try to get the information,” he said during a group interview on Saturday May 7.
He advised citizens to check carefully before accepting such offers to avoid being cheated.
He said a group of 16 Malaysians had been released recently and another 20 were being held by Cambodian police.
He added that there were previously 47 Malaysians who had been repatriated to Malaysia from Cambodia.
He said the Malawakil in Phnom Penh was following these cases closely, adding that the Malaysian envoy had also written to the Cambodian government asking for the release of the Malays there, so they can be brought home.
Saifuddin added that the government was working with several groups in both countries, including the head of the MCA’s public services and complaints department, Datuk Seri Michael Chong.
“We should also give credit to his team for working very hard,” he said.
The problem first emerged when Chong told a press conference on March 30 that several young Malaysians had fallen victim to a human trafficking syndicate after being lured by job offers from telemarketing and customer service in Cambodia and the promise of a lucrative salary.
Victims were approached personally through social media contacts or advertisements.
Once in Cambodia, they were forced to phone unsuspecting victims from their respective countries.
Some of the victims were physically abused if they did not perform, and men with guns guarded the building in which they were held captive.