KUALA LUMPUR: Ninety Malaysians are currently in the midst of returning home after falling victim to overseas job scams, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah (PN-Indera Mahkota) said until early this month, 261 victims had been rescued in four countries, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
"Of that total, 171 had returned to Malaysia while 90 others are waiting for the repatriation process," he said.
Saifuddin was responding to a question from Datuk Mohd Fasiah Fakeh (PN-Sabak Bernam) who asked about the Foreign Ministry's actions in helping Malaysians falling victim to such a syndicate and measures taken to combat the problem.
According to Saifuddin, the Foreign Ministry will continue to work closely with the police and Communications and Multimedia Ministry to address the issue.
He said the victims and their family members have also been advised to lodge police reports and those who received offers from abroad should first check with Malaysian representatives in those countries.
"They should also get a visa first before travelling abroad for work in order to enter another country's border legally.
"Aside from that, they must also understand the offer letter and job contract received to ensure they were done in accordance with the law of that country."