Malaysian stranded in Cambodia for five years

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 15 May 2003

SANDAKAN: The family of a Sabahan, who has been stranded in Cambodia for five years now, hopes Wisma Putra will help facilitate his early return home. 

The family claimed that Lai Chun Fah from here is without money and is holding an expired Malaysian passport after his manager disappeared without paying him any salary, months after he arrived in Phnom Penh in July 1997. 

His daughter Wui Ha, 22, has approached Sabah MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau chairman Chew Kok Wah to help get her father back safely. 

Lai, a father of six, went to Cambodia with his manager to work at a timber estate and since then, he has written a letter home once and telephoned twice seeking help. 

Chew said that according to Wui Ha, the father wrote to the family in 2000 informing them that his manager had disappeared and did not give him his salary. 

The daughter claimed that her father had also informed them that his passport would expire on May 15, 2001 and that he had only US$20 (RM76) with him. He had asked them to remit RM2,000 to him. 

But the family did not know where to remit the money and her father called in January this year asking his family to make arrangements for him to return home as soon as possible, he said. 

“According to the daughter, one of her brothers went to Cambodia but they could not bring their father back as his passport had expired,” Chew added.  

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