All 47 Malaysians detained in Cambodia scheduled home today

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – All the 47 Malaysians who were detained in Cambodian and released last Friday are expected to return home today, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The deputy prime minister said she had contacted Julau Member of Parliament Larry Sng Wei Shien to know the latest development on the matter and was informed that efforts were made to bring them home today.

Insya Allah, if everything goes well, they are expected to arrive at 10.30am. There have been various discussions and I thank all those involved for their efforts,” he told reporters after attending a Chinese New Year celebration organised by the Malaysian-China Chambers of Commerce yesterday.

Wisma Putra, in a statement on Friday, confirmed that all the 47 Malaysians detained in Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey prison had been released. According to a statement by the Malaysian Foreign Ministry on February 7, they were detained since December 11 last year on suspicion of being involved in online gambling.

In another development, Dr Wan Azizah welcomed the proposal on the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) with regard to allegation of misconduct in the judiciary.

“That (setting up of RCI) is being considered by Tun (Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad). It (allegation) is not just by anybody, it is by a former judge. So, it is important that we look into it and the setting up of the RCI is a good and appropriate move,” she said.

She said this in response to Dr Mahathir’s statement yesterday that the government will study any proposal to establish an RCI into the claim of judicial misconduct.