Sarawak Regional Office director Deddy Faisal Ahmad Salleh said efforts to free all detainees have received serious attention of the Federal Government and Sarawak state government, but everything has to follow Cambodian law. (NSTP/Pic courtesy from KLN)

KUCHING: Efforts to secure the immediate release of 47 Malaysians currently detained in Banteay Meanchey in Cambodia are underway.

It is learnt that officials from the Malaysian Embassy in Phnom Penh are now actively engaging in talks with Cambodian senior officials on the matter.

Sarawak Regional Office director Deddy Faisal Ahmad Salleh said efforts to free all detainees have received serious attention of the Federal Government and Sarawak state government, but everything has to follow Cambodian law.

Meanwhile, family members of the detainees are expected to arrive in Phnom Penh on Wednesday to look into their conditions at the prison.

Julau member of parliament Larry Sng he would be join the delegation, which will also comprise members of the media.

"The Malaysian Embassy in Cambodia has managed to arrange for a visit to Banteay Meanchey prison on Wednesday," he said in a statement yesterday.

Sng also said low cost carrier AirAsia had agreed to bear the costs of bringing the detainees home.

"I am very proud many have come forward to offer various assistances. AirAsia is one good example," he added.

The Malaysians are now held in prison at Poipet in Banteay Mancheay Region, 446 kilometres north of Phnom Penh, for alleged involvement in online gambling activities.

However, no charges have been made as they have claimed to have entered the country after being offered a job as promoters for an electronics brand last October.

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