I am deeply pleased by the concerted diplomatic efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia who successfully repatriated 8 Malaysians that have been left stranded in Monrovia in Liberia since the 4th February 2019.
These 8 Malaysians are all Sarawakians and also have been cheated by a local Malaysian job syndicate.
I have been in communication with the Minister of Foreign Affairs YB Dato Saiffuddin Abdullah since I was made aware of the case about a month ago and followed up on the efforts of the Foreign Ministry in their efforts to bring our fellow Sarawakians home.
I am grateful for all the efforts by the Minister and the Ministry who since the beginning was earnest in ensuring that successful diplomatic negotiations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia, the Honourable Gbehzohgar M Findley, and even despatch 2 special officials as Special Envoys to Monrovia on the 26th February 2019.
This is the second successful effort by the Federal Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, following the release of 47 Malaysians from detention in Cambodia recently.
We were informed that after obtaining the necessary travel documents and approval from the Liberian authorities , the group will be leaving for Kuala Lumpur today and is scheduled to arrive in KLIA tomorrow. I together with YB Mordi Bimol will be in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow to welcome our fellow Sarawakians home and will then board another Air Asia flight back to Sibu on the same day.
With that I want to urge for further investigation into these job syndicates that are enticing our people to far away countries in promise of lucratives jobs.
Those responsible must be brought to justice and better protection especially proper education to be given to our people so that they will be more aware and vigilant on such matters.
I want to thank the Foreign Ministry and Minister for the continuous efforts to bring home our fellow Sarakians.
Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen
MP Bandar Kuching