Special needs man ensnared by job scam syndicate

JOB scam syndicates in Myanmar have spread their tentacles to Malaysians with disabilities, reported China Press.

One of its victims was a 29-year-man identified only as Zhou who has epilepsy and suffers from a learning disability.

His mother, known only as Fan, said her son was lured to Taiwan supposedly to be a chef’s apprentice but ended up being sold to a human trafficking syndicate in Myanmar.

Fan, 54, said that Zhou was desperate for a new job as he was unhappy with his previous job in a printing factory.

“He told me he wanted to become an apprentice chef in Abu Dhabi in December last year.

“We don’t really keep in touch. It was only in January when we realised that he had found a new ‘job’ in Taiwan,” she said.

She said her son ended up working for a scam syndicate in Myanmar. There, they would hit or electrocute him using tasers when he ‘underperformed’.

Fan claimed that the syndicate demanded a ransom in exchange for the release of her son but her family was unable to pay the demanded amount as they were financially strapped.

Fan’s second son lodged a police report in Kuala Lumpur and submitted Zhou’s details to the Foreign Ministry.

> A restaurant owner in Penang has given his side of the story over an incident in which he had shamed a customer for not ordering drinks, reported China Press.

“He ignored my employees who spoke with him.

“My wife politely asked him three times if he wanted water which would cost him 50 sen, but he just ignored us,” claimed the 46-year-old man.

He added that he was upset at being ignored and felt that the customer had disrespected him.

Dine-in patrons were required to order a drink or pay a RM1 fee.

The restaurant owner has since faced public backlash for sharing a photo of the customer.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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