SIBU: The magistrate's court here on Wednesday (March 6) granted a four-day remand order on two men who were allegedly involved in a job scam that offered high paying logging jobs in Liberia.
The remand order was issued by Magistrate Muhammad Faizal Che Saad under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The two suspects, aged 52 and 60, were also ordered to be produced in court on March 10.
They were arrested on March 5, with one of them nabbed at a place outside the Sibu Central Police station while the other was picked up from a house in Jalan Cherry.
The two men were remanded to assist with the investigation under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
Eight Malaysians were stranded in Monrovia, Liberia since Feb 4 after they were allegedly duped by a Malaysian job syndicate that offered logging jobs with salary as high as RM9,000 a month.
The arrest was made after one of the eight victims lodged a police report on Monday (March 4) night at the police post in Sibu Airport upon their arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
The eight victims, aged between 39 and 66, were Aji anak Surau, 39, Bon anak Egat, Sallim Tahir, Suhaili Gani, Gawan anak Masin, Enyang anak Ato, Untol anak Luyang, and Dingai anak Nyalak.
Bon, who had experience working in the logging industry on Solomon Island and Papua New Guinea, said they were offered logging jobs in Liberia with wages up to RM9,000 a month, reported Bernama.
He said, he, Aji, and four other friends from Sibu flew to Liberia with a Malaysian whom they knew as "tauke".
In Liberia, they met Sallim and Suhaili who were from Betong.
“The logging job paying RM9,000 did not exist and we lived in a house without water and electricity supply. The tauke abandoned us as he did not know what to do,” he said.