Job scam victim now held by Immigration in Cambodia

(from left) Christopher's wife, Christopher and Sim with a photo of the victim during the press conference.

KUALA LUMPUR: A 56-year-old man from Ipoh is worried about the safety of his son after the latter was duped by a job scam syndicate and taken to Cambodia.

The man, who wished to be known only as Christopher, said his 25-year-old son went overseas on the promise of a lucrative job offer on May 7.

"I received a call from him a few days later informing me that he had been duped by a syndicate and forced to work for them in Cambodia. After a week, the syndicate contacted me, demanding RM100,000 for his release," he said.

He told a press conference on Wednesday (July 6) that he then sought the assistance of Teruntum assemblyman Sim Chon Siang.

Sim said he managed to contact authorities in Cambodia who rescued the victim.

"The victim is currently in a Cambodian Immigration depot as he was brought into the country illegally.

"We expect him to return within three months after all matters, including Immigration, are settled," he said.

Sim, who went to Cambodia last week, managed to meet the victim.

"He recalled how he was taken by the syndicate to Bangkok and eventually to Cambodia.

"I am grateful for the assistance of the Cambodian authorities as well as the Malaysian Embassy in Cambodia in this matter," he added.

Sim urged families of other victims of such syndicates to come forward and report the matter to the authorities.

"The victims are treated horribly by the syndicates.

"They were trained to become scammers and were even tortured," he said.

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