A Sabahan survivor’s account of the escape of suspected brutal labor crooks in Cambodia is full of holes


A job scam victim from Sabah returned home on Tuesday after spending a grueling and scary three months in Cambodia and a hairy story to tell and it may well be that part or part of the recount is actually one long story .

The escapee, named Eric, claimed he fled the center where he was being held hostage when police raided the center on September 24.

This is the main flaw of its story because during the Cambodian police operations, the center of the attacked place is completely and totally cordoned off and there is no possibility of anyone escaping or slipping.

“That he managed to get his passport back is another wonder as it is not normal for these passports to be left easily accessible by syndicates as they are normally kept in a safe to prevent suspected captives from escaping. .

“He slipped through a cordon and escaped, it’s unbelievable and unbelievable because it’s just never happened before. It’s the police who collect the passports from the unions when the raid is carried out and breaking the coffers,” a field officer familiar with such operations told the Khmer Times.

“He may have been held in another place, but certainly not in those that were searched,” the official said.

He urged the Malaysian authorities to thoroughly investigate the matter, as the excessive sensationalism of these alleged alleged stories about Cambodia is far from facts and reality and has been over-dramatized, further tarnishing Cambodia’s reputation.

He came here out of sheer greed as his story says he was told about opening accounts in Thailand and getting $15,000 and he didn’t refuse to fly to the Cambodia.

“Why not? At first he was greedy and when things didn’t improve, he just followed instructions when he could and blamed Cambodia,” the official pointed out.

According to his story, Eric, the 28-year-old father of two, urged people not to just trust anyone, especially those with the promise of a quick buck.

Asking to be known only by his first name, Eric arrived at Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Tuesday and held a press conference to warn other Sabahans not to fall into the same trap.

The former seller of Miri, Sarawak, claimed to have heard about the possibility of making a quick buck from an online friend from Sibu, also in Sarawak.

He told a local political party translator last Tuesday that his online friend, who he had been friends with for about six months, told him he would get $5,000 for every bank account he would open in Thailand.

He alleged that his friend asked him to open three bank accounts in the country and claimed that he did not know what these bank accounts were for.

Eric added that he didn’t think about the offer because he trusted his friend.

He also told the translator that he told his aunt about his plans to go to Thailand, but she tried to talk him out of it, but to no avail.

He also said that when he arrived in Kuala Lumpur, he noticed his ticket was for Cambodia.

When he asked his friend (from Sarawak) about it, the latter told him that he would drive to Thailand from Cambodia.

Again he said he didn’t question it since his friend said so and got on a plane to Cambodia.

He added that upon his arrival he was taken to a rural area in Cambodia where he was beaten and held captive in a room due to insubordination, and after a few weeks he was sold to another place. work allegedly run by Chinese nationals.

He told the translator that he had been sold a total of three times to Chinese-run places.

Eric said he was given a cell phone at his last place of employment in Cambodia.

He explained that he worked for a phone scam company and had been there for a month.

He added that they had been warned against using the mobile phone to call outsiders, to take photos and videos and to send information about the area.

However, he managed to get the Luyang Assembly contact from his friend and contacted Ginger Phoong.

The first contact between Eric and Phoong was on August 9, where Eric also shared his exact location.

He added that he had met other Malaysians who were also being held like him, although he was not sure if any of them were from Sabah. Most of those detained were Chinese nationals.

Eric also shared that he was being held in a 13-story hotel-like building and there were 10 groups consisting of 10 or more people for each group on each floor of the building.

Eric said he escaped the place during a police and immigration raid, which took place a few days ago.

He added that he was able to collect his passport and took a mobile phone from the premises where he worked before leaving for the airport.

Eric explained that he managed to contact his friend to ask him to book him a flight from Cambodia to Kuala Lumpur.

He arrived in Kuala Lumpur on September 24 and was received by Phoong at the airport. The latter paid for his accommodation and his flight to Sabah.

Meanwhile, Phoong, who arrived with Eric from Kuala Lumpur said that after receiving the latter’s message asking for help, he immediately contacted Eric’s family and asked them to file a report. police and ask Interpol (the International Criminal Police Organization) to interfere.

Phoong said Eric was using a Cambodian number starting with 855, the country code.

He added that he had also contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Malaysian consulate office in Cambodia.

Phoong also said he received a text message from Eric again on September 19 which informed him that there was a police raid and many people were running.

“I asked him to report to the police but he has a trust issue. I don’t blame him. He can’t trust anyone. I informed the consulate office and Wisma Putra about the authorities’ operation which took place from September 19 to 24. Eric managed to escape on the 24th,” he said.

Phoong said this is the first such case involving a Sabahan that has been received by his office.

“I had asked him to give me more information about his parents so he could start communicating from there…he gave me his aunt’s number,” Phoong said.

He added that Eric’s aunt made the police report with the help of a political liaison officer.

When Eric returned to Malaysia, Phoong urged him to share his story with other Sabahans as it was unheard of in Sabah.

“I persuaded him to hold a press conference and urge other Sabahans not to fall into the trap. We have heard so many stories from Peninsular Malaysia, but not locally in Sabah,” he said. — Borneo Post


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