Family of detained M’sian engineer thankful for Govt’s help

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SHAH ALAM: The family of Malaysian engineer Richard Lau (pic) is thankful for the Government’s assistance in seeking Lau’s release from Dubai.

“We were informed of the deve­lopment and would like to thank Datuk Seri Anifah Aman for his help,” Lau’s sister Yii Hung told The Star here yesterday.

“We also want to let Richard know that we all miss him a lot and will be thinking of him this Chinese New Year reunion dinner.”

It was reported yesterday that Anifah has met United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) Legal Minister Sultan Saeed Al Badi over Lau, who has been in detention since April.

He is also expected to pay a consular visit on Lau at the prison in Ras Al Khaimah today. The visit is made possible by UAE’s Foreign and Legal ministries.

During the 30-minute discussion, Anifah said the UAE government will help to resolve the case, which has gone on for 10 months, according to its laws.

Lau, 41, had been posted to Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost emi­rate of the UAE, by a Miri-based Malaysian marine transport company as a project coordinator at its subsidiary there five years ago.

He was arrested on April 28 last year following a complaint lodged by an Emirati, who is a partner of the subsidiary.

Lau was accused of stealing wages and commissions.

The complaint pointed to a large amount of money paid to Lau, which was actually his salary for carrying out his work as instructed by the parent company.

The positive development was a relief for the family members as they were informed last Thursday by Lau’s lawyer in Ras Al Khaimah that his detention had been extended yet again for another 30 days.

According to the family, Lau has not had a single hearing to date, although the last hearing was supposed to be on Feb 8.