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CNRP seeks intervention for detainees

Opposition lawmakers have demanded the Minister of Foreign Affairs intervene to help scores of Cambodian workers detained in Malaysia since April, accusing the Kingdom’s embassy of ignoring their plight.

In a letter expected to be sent today, Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker Son Chhay urges Foreign Minster Hor Namhong to investigate the case of Cambodian Muslims arrested in Kampung Dalek Kanan village, on the outskirts of Klang, a city in the Malaysian state of Selangor.

According to opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua, 38 people were arrested on April 8 while on route to work and another 68 were detained in their homes on April 19.

Sochua said most of them were undocumented. Many, including women and children, remained in detention, although some had paid for their freedom, she said.

Chhay said the Cambodian Embassy in Malaysia had failed to act.

However, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Chum Sounry refuted the accusation.

“In the past the Cambodian embassy in Malaysia has worked very hard to help Cambodian workers,” he said.

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