Cambodians in Malaysia Plead With PM Hun Sen to Allow Their Return, Citing Financial Hardship

Some 150 Cambodian migrant workers and students on Wednesday urged their government to allow them to return home from Malaysia, where they were left stranded after Prime Minister Hun Sen refused to accept them, citing fears they could be infected with the coronavirus.

Sobri Salleh, one of the students, told RFA’s Khmer Service that he and the others learned of Hun Sen’s decision on Tuesday as they were prevented from boarding planes to Cambodia at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Members of the group broke down and cried, he said, as many had already spent hundreds of U.S. dollars on their flights and packed up their lives in Malaysia—where authorities have confirmed 4,119 infections and 65 deaths—with the expectation of returning home for good.

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