Volunteer organisation urged to continue helping job scam victims


Global Anti-Scam Organisation (Gaso) has been urged to reconsider its decision not to help victims of job scams in Cambodia.

Gaso is a volunteer-run group that warns the public about scams and supports victims.

Bukit Assek assemblyman Joseph Chieng (pic) revealed at a recent event that he was disappointed over Gaso’s decision.

“The organisation announced that from Aug 1, it would no longer assist job scam victims who are stuck in Cambodia.

“I hope they will reconsider and our government agencies can negotiate with them on how to get trapped Malaysians out of Cambodia,” he said after presenting funds for minor rural projects to recipients in Sibu, Sarawak.

The role of Gaso, Chieng said, was still important as it had “helped a lot and done a good job by paying for accommodation, transportation and more in an effort to save those people from our country who were trapped.”

Chieng also called on Malaysian government agencies to work closely with Gaso in rescuing Malaysians trapped abroad by fraudulent activities like job scams.

“There are a number of Malaysians, especially school leavers, who have been conned by lucrative offers to work in foreign countries such as Cambodia.

“The scammers promised high salaries of RM5,000 to RM10,000 per month,” he said.

Chieng advised youths looking for jobs to go through proper channels to avoid becoming victims of job scams.

“School-leavers and college graduates must get information about jobs through relevant agencies and the right channels instead of through social media and their friends.

“It is important to know that nothing is free in this world,” he said.

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