Another 29 Malaysians are still in the depot and will be repatriated in stages.
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Twenty-four Malaysians who fell victim to job scams in Cambodia have been successfully brought back home.
The group, aged between 20 and 30, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday with Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah.
According to The Star, another 29 Malaysians were still at the Cambodian immigration depot because they did not possess valid travel documents when they entered the country.
Saifuddin said all remaining Malaysians are safe in the depot. He was previously in Phnom Penh on a working visit and managed to visit seven Malaysians at the Phnom Penh immigration depot. There are another 22 Malaysians in the Sihanoukville region.
They will be repatriated in stages because some do not have valid travel documents and the cases involve investigations by the Cambodian side.Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah
He added that out of 148 reported cases, 118 Malaysians who fell victim to job scams in Cambodia had been rescued.
He further thanked the Malaysian government, the Cambodian government and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who gave specific instructions to conduct an operation to save the Malaysians there.
Moving forward, he advised the public to contact Unit Bantuan Konsular Rakyat Malaysia di Luar Negara (email@example.com) and the Malaysian embassy in Phnom Penh (firstname.lastname@example.org), so they can help check the legitimacy of the company.
To date, there are about 500 Malaysian companies operating in Cambodia and 5,000 Malaysians working and doing business there.
Job scams can happen anywhere
Based on reports, some Malaysians have also fallen for job scams in other countries, such as Thailand and Myanmar.
There are also times when Malaysians holidaying abroad are kidnapped and sold to human trafficking syndicates before being put to work in a scam call centre.