Job scam victim jumped from the second floor to escape syndicate

SEPANG: One of the three Malaysians who were successfully brought home after being duped by a job scam syndicate in Myanmar escaped by jumping from the second floor of a building where he was held in Tachileik.

Teruntum assemblyman Sim Chon Siang, who accompanied the victims, said the 33-year old man then pretended to be a pedestrian and walked slowly for 4km to the Thailand-Myanmar borders.

"He then asked help from the Thais to save him."

"The victim was then detained for about a month at the Bangkok Immigration Detention Centre as he did not have any official documentation," said Sim during a press conference at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) today.

The three victims - two males and one female aged 19 to 33, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Thai Airways flight from Bangkok at 11.55am today. All victims worked at a place called KK Garden in Myanmar, he said.

Sim said that the other two victims were rescued by the Royal Thai Army from KK Garden in Myawaddy, another border town located in southeastern Myanmar with the help of a Malaysian businessman in Thailand, Victor Wong.

He said that with Wong's help, the victims were brought to Thailand's Mae Sot, before heading to Bangkok and finally back here in Malaysia.

The Teruntum assemblyman shared that bringing home one Malaysian took a lot of effort, in terms of financial and manpower.

However, Sim said that he would still try his best with the cooperation of others to save the 16 Malaysians captured at Myanmar.

According to Sim, there are two other rescued victims but were unable to bring them home due to documentation issues.

Sim said that he received information that the job scam syndicate has expanded into four KK Garden.

He strongly urged Malaysians to be more aware and sensible of lucrative job offers overseas.

"I hope Malaysians are able to be more aware of job offers that seem too good to be true overseas, do not believe them easily and always have doubts about it," he said.

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