Cops to record statement of 47 Malaysians freed from detention in Cambodia


SHAH ALAM: Police will be interviewing the 47 Malaysians who were recently freed from detention in Cambodia, says Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim (pic).

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police said police will be recording the statements of the 47 individuals who are believed to be victims of human trafficking.

"We will give them some time to rest and be with their families. Soon we will get their statements.

"We want to know how they were taken there, what promises were made to them, and so on," he said.

Noor Rashid said that police have already begun collecting intelligence on the case.

"We have information from our intelligence team but we also want to hear it directly from them (the 47 people)," he said.

The 47 had been detained in Poi Pet, Cambodia since Dec 11. They were suspected of being involved in online gambling activities.

It is believed that they are victims of a human trafficking syndicate which lured them by promising high-paying jobs.

Noor Rashid added that the case is being investigated under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act.

He was speaking after awarding the Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara to 318 policemen during an award presentation ceremony at the state police headquarters on Wednesday.