The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms the detention of 47 Malaysians in Poi Pet, Cambodia since 11 December 2018, suspected to be involved in illegal online gambling activities.
Notification of arrest was only conveyed verbally by Bantey Meanchey Police on 28 December 2018. Following the notification, officers from the Embassy of Malaysia in Phnom Penh made a consular visit to the detainees to ensure their wellbeing after receiving detailed information and approval from the local authorities. The visit revealed that most of the detainees were offered jobs with an attractive pay.
Officers from the Embassy had a meeting with the prison officials and the judge of this case. The Embassy of Malaysia in Phnom Penh had brought this matter to the attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia via Diplomatic Note to release the detainees.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Embassy of Malaysia in Phnom Penh is closely monitoring the case and prepared to render the necessary consular assistance accordingly.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs