Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Migrant workers return to Indonesia

Migrant workers return to Indonesia

Migrant workers return to Indonesia

Ten Indonesian migrants that were being held in a Kandal casino have gone home.

Muhsinnin Dolisada, a first secretary at the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh, said the workers left yesterday.

“On the 30th of May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted us and said the 10 Indonesians are free to go unconditionally,” he said. “The [other] six had already left Cambodia.”

The 16 men were wrapped up in an alleged embezzlement scheme committed by their labour recruiter Jefry Sun, who reportedly stole $161,000 of the Grand Dragon Resort’s money.

The casino filed a lawsuit against 10 of the Indonesians. The embassy reported evidence of physical abuse of three of the “unlawfully detained” men.

As for Sun, he is under the authority of the Indonesian Embassy, according to Dolisada. To his knowledge, the money has yet to be returned.

Abelian Yodha, another first secretary, said that the embassy is working to register the more than 500 Indonesians currently working in Kandal to make sure the issue doesn’t repeat itself.


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

    When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50. He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which