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Malaysian ‘victim’ now a suspect

Anith Adilah Othman / Khmer Times Share:
The Malaysians who were released following intervention from Prime Minister Hun Sen. KT/Mai Vireak

One of the 47 Malaysians claiming to be victims of a job scam in Cambodia is now suspected to be part of a VoIP scam ring and is set to face trial in June in Malaysia, Malaysian police said.

Superintendent Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah, Sarawak state commercial crimes investigations department chief, yesterday said that Chang Ying Siong, 25, will be charged under Section 417 of the Malaysian Penal Code for cheating.

“The Chinese man [Mr Chang] was one of the 47 Malaysians detained in Banteay Meanchey and deported back to Malaysia. His trial will be from June 24 to June 28 at the Magistrate’s Court of Kuching here,” he told Khmer Times in a phone interview from Sarawak. “He is facing a charge under Section 417 for cheating. We are not sure yet how he is involved but rest assured that investigations are actively ongoing.”

“Currently, we still have seven pending arrests regarding this job scam case in Cambodia,” Supt Mustafa Kamal added.

Mr Chang was one of the 47 Malaysians who were initially detained in Cambodia for alleged involvement in illicit activities in Cambodia, but were then released on February 15 after intervention from Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper


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