Kidnap Cases of Refugees Exposed In Malaysia
01 October 2010, Kuala Lumpur – Kidnapping of Myanmar foreign workers and refugees in Malaysia has become a worrying phenomenon as more cases are recently being revealed by the police.
Sadly, workers and refugees from Myanmar have also been involved in some of the kidnap cases.
In June this year, one young refugee woman from Myanmar was kidnapped while on her way to work at Kepong Township, not far from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur.
The kidnappers at first demanded a ransom payment of RM100,000 (US$32,320), but eventually agreed to release the woman with RM28,000 (US$9,050) after some negotiations. The victim was released two days after the abduction.
Police seized the kidnappers’ house and arrested one local and four Myanmar nationals including one woman on the same day of the release.
“Police received reports from the victim’s employer after she was released by the kidnappers. We were able to arrest five suspects in a raid, and four of the suspects are UNHCR cardholders,” according to the police spokesman.
Last week, a 19-year-old foreign worker from Myanmar working in a wet market in Serdang Township near Kuala Lumpur was kidnapped by another three foreign workers who demanded a RM100,000 (US$32,320) ransom.
The kidnappers came to terms with RM3,000 (US$970) after the abductee’s brother negotiated by saying the amount they demanded was far beyond what he would manage to collect in such a short time.
And the 19-year-old victim was released immediately after the ransom was paid in a town of Rawang, not far from Kuala Lumpur.
“Police, however, managed to arrest the three kidnappers in two different locations. We redeemed RM2,850 (US$921) out of RM3,000 being paid to the kidnappers.”
“The victim suffered slight injury on his left hand,’’ according to a police spokesman.
By Thomas Chong