SEPANG: The 16 Malaysians who were tricked into lucrative job offers in Cambodia were mistreated with electric shocks and forced to work as crooks without any pay.
The victims, 12 of whom were repatriated on Tuesday morning April 12, were also beaten and slapped, their lawyer said.
Heng Zhi Li, who represents the 15 men and one woman, said the victims left for Cambodia in stages between September 2021 and February this year after they were allegedly promised a salary of RM7,000 ($1,650). ).
He added that the victims started contacting the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) in January.
Information on their situation was then shared with the Council against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (MAPO) which then requested the assistance of ASEANAPOL and Interpol to rescue them.
Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amran Mohamed Zin said Cambodian authorities received information about the involvement of 16 Malaysians in illegal activities in the country and arrested them all on April 4.
“Even though the Cambodian government found out that they were carrying out illegal activities in Cambodia, legal action has been put aside for now so that we can bring our people back stranded there,” he told reporters. journalists at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2.
Amran said the Malaysian Embassy in Cambodia was monitoring the condition of the other four Malaysians, who were in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.
Cambodian authorities will organize their return as soon as they recover, he added.