PETALING JAYA: Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will work together to resolve the case involving Malaysian citizen Richard Lau, who has been detained in Dubai since April last year.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had in a meeting with Ras Al Khaimah Emir Sheikh Saud Saqr Al Qasimi on Wednesday (Feb 14), conveyed the Malaysian Government’s appreciation over assistance in the case.
“The Minister had also conveyed greetings from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Prime Minister.
“The meeting lasted nearly an hour and among the matters discussed were development of bilateral relations, current issues in the Asian region and internationally, which were relevant to both nations,” said Wisma Putra in a statement Wednesday.
A civil engineer, Lau was arrested on April 28 last year on suspicion of embezzling money meant for wages.
It was previously reported that Lau, 41, had been sent to Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE five years ago by a Malaysian maritime transport company based in Miri, as a project coordinator at its subsidiary there.
Lau was said to be detained following complaints made by a partner of the subsidiary, a UAE national who claimed Lau had embezzled salaries from the company.
Anifah had previously met with Ras Al Khaimah authorities to appeal for consideration that Lau be released on bail while waiting for his case to be brought up in court.
He had also urged the authorities to consider resolving the case as soon as possible, to which the authorities had said they were ready to do so based on provisions under local laws.
Anifah had also visited Lau in prison to see his condition and inform him of the UAE Government’s decision to consider bail and the speedy resolution of his case.
“Lau, who is in healthy condition, has thanked the Minister and the Malaysian Government.
“The Minister has also impressed upon the need for Lau to abide by the local laws until the case is fully resolved,” said the statement.
Anifah had also reminded Malaysians abroad to always stay in touch with the Malaysian missions and to abide by the laws of the countries they were in.