Government to request info on Sabahans detained in Cambodia

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – The Sabah government  will request for detailed information from the Foreign Ministry on the arrest on its people, who were among 47 Malaysians, in Poi Pet, Bantey Meanchey, Cambodia.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said so far, the state government had not received any information on the matter.

“We have to know why they were arrested and for what reasons, and if they need assistance, we will certainly provide because they are Sabah people.

“The normal practice is to request the Foreign Ministry to liaise with its counterpart (in Cambodia)  on how we can ensure their safe return (to Malaysia),” he said when met by reporters after the Sepanggar parliamentary constituency Chinese New Year (CNY) open house yesterday.

The Chief Minister said this when asked on the arrest of the 47 Malaysians in Cambodia for allegedly running an illegal gambling operation.

Forty-seven Malaysians including nine women were arrested on December 11 last year in Poi Pet, Bantey Meanchey, for allegedly being members of an international online gambling syndicate. – BERNAMA