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Beware of rebel propaganda, ministry warns migrant workers

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Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour. KT/Pann Rachana

Labour Ministry officials have called on migrant workers in Thailand and overseas not to fall prey to rebel propaganda claiming that their employers would give them a week off to return home next month to coincide with the planned return of Sam Rainsy to the Kingdom.


Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour yesterday said that scammers reportedly told migrant workers that their bosses would allow them a week off starting on November 8.

“The workers who return home via scammers’ propaganda, their bosses will not accept them back and they cannot go back to work,” Mr Sour said. “All workers working in that country have to respect an official holiday set by that country. Please do not believe in provocation or else you will lose your job.”

Mr Sour said that the ministry has also notified Cambodian ambassadors overseas, private recruitment agencies, foreign employers and labour ministries in Thailand, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia to cooperate and prevent such a propaganda.

“These scams have occurred in Japan and Thailand, but their networks could reach South Korea and Malaysia,” Mr Sour said. “If you believe it, take leave and return home, you will waste your travel money, and lose your job.”

The propaganda surfaced this week as Mr Rainsy, who is in exile with a handful of his allies, is purportedly planning to return to the Kingdom to restore democracy and human rights on November 9.

Mr Rainsy has been calling on citizens to participate in his “Nine Fingers” campaign, which is considered a coup by the government.

Mu Sochua, former CNRP vice president, was banned from entering Thailand on Sunday when she landed at an airport in Bangkok.

According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry , Ms Sochua left Kuala Lumpur for Bangkok on Sunday, but was banned from entering Thailand.

“Thai Immigration Police officials did not allow her to enter Thailand because her name has been blacklisted as requested by Cambodian authorities,” the ministry said yesterday, noting that Thai authorities sent her back to Malaysia at 8pm on the same day.

Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, yesterday said that migrant workers should be well aware of the scams.

“The appeal and misinformation spread by any groups are of bad intention. So, I think that workers as well as migrant workers should understand and know clearly about their official holiday regardless of provocation by others,” Mr Sina said.

He said that the workers should be mindful before making a decision to return home.

“The workers have to consider it carefully and be thoughtful before doing something,” Mr Sina said.

Thann Thanak, 25, a migrant worker in South Korea, yesterday said that his workplace never informed him of a week off.

“I did not know nor hear about it at all,” Mr Thanak said. “I do not have a plan to come home. I want to work to earn money to help my family.”

“I only care about my work. I do not want to waste my money to do something useless. Even if someone pays my travel expenses, I will not come,” Mr Thanak said.


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