Job scam: M’sian ‘stuck’ in Manila for a year comes home

IPOH: A 28-year-old man who was tricked into working as a scammer in Manila, Philippines and was stuck there since November last year, has returned home.

Ipoh Barat MCA coordinator Low Guo Nan, who is contesting the parliamentary seat in the 15th General Election (GE15), said Choong Chin Yee had returned home over the weekend.

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“We planned to hold a press conference so that Choong can tell his story.

“But for now, let’s just let him settle down first,” he said when met.

It had been reported at the end of October that Choong’s mother had sought Low’s assistance to get her son home.

Choong was said to have escaped from a heavily guarded compound where people were being held to work as scammers, and had sought the help of the Malaysian Embassy.

He had also wandered the streets of Manila.

Low, who is also Perak MCA public services and complaints bureau chief, said a Malaysian in Manila had come across Choong’s situation through news reports and had assisted him.

Low is up against the incumbent MP M. Kulasegaran, Perikatan Nasional’s Chek Kwong Weng and former MyPPP president Tan Sri M. Kayveas, who is standing as an independent.