Be careful of overseas job scams

Fatimah (third, right) with participants of the Sarawak Women and Family Department’s ‘self-genius’ motivation programme. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/TheStar

KUCHING: Sarawakians should be careful when offered job opportunities overseas to avoid falling prey to scams, advised a state minister.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said it was important to check whether the job offer was legitimate or not.

“It’s all right to work outside Sarawak provided you have enough information about the job.

“Does the job offer sound right? Talk to someone, verify the information, especially if it sounds too good to be true,” she said after closing a “self-genius” motivation programme here.

On Monday, eight Sarawakians returned home after falling victim to a scam which left them stranded in Monrovia, Liberia, since Feb 4.

Their repatriation was secured through concerted diplomatic efforts by the Foreign Ministry.

“This group was promised jobs by a company but when they arrived, there were no jobs and they had no money to come back,” Fatimah said.

It is the second incident this year of Malaysians being stranded abroad by a job scam.

On Feb 17, 47 Malaysians, including 40 Sarawakians, returned home following their release from detention in a provincial Cambodian prison after they were offered high-paying jobs that did not materialise.

Fatimah, who led a state government delegation to Cambodia to assist in getting the detainees home, recalled that the Cambodian special duties minister Oknha Datuk Othsman Hassan gave the detainees similar advice.

“He told them that they must verify job offers first before taking them up. Our young people must be aware of job scams and not be taken in,” she said.

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