Special court for human trafficking cases to be established this year

Source: The Malaysian Insight

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Chief Justice Raus Sharif says the pilot project for a special court to deal with human trafficking cases will begin in Klang in May or June. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 12, 2018.

A SPECIAL court to deal with human trafficking will be established this year, with the first one in Klang, Selangor, said Chief Justice Raus Sharif.

The pilot project will begin in May or June while the others will be set up in phases in Ipoh, Melaka, Muar, Kota Kinabalu and Balik Pulau.

He said the special court, to be presided by a sessions court judge, will specifically hear and decide on human trafficking cases since statistics had shown a rise in such cases. Read more

South Korea the newest destination for illegal Malaysian labour

Source: The Malaysian Insight

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A worker at the assembly line of the Hyundai Motor Jeonju factory in Jeonju, South Korea. Agents are tempting Malaysians to work illegally in South Korea by offering jobs in the manufacturing and services sectors instead of plantations. – EPA pic, December 31, 2017.

ILLEGAL labour involving Malaysians, which first surfaced with reports of cases in Australia, has now reared its ugly head in South Korea, Mingguan Malaysia reported today.

The report said the East Asian country was a tempting destination for those looking for jobs as it had various opportunities in the manufacturing and services sectors, instead of at plantations.

Aggresive advertising on social media sites, such as Facebook, have led to an uptick in illegal labour since the middle of this year.

It reported that the unscrupulous agents were using brazen promotional tactics, such as videos showcasing the large income that could be generated, to tempt Malaysians into accepting these illicit jobs without fear of repercussion from the authorities.  Read more

NGO Rohingya gesa PBB siasat cubaan tutup kes kubur di Wang Kelian

Sumber: FMT News

Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Manusia Etnik Rohingya Myanmar di Malaysia berkata, PBB dan badan antarabangsa lain harus menyiasat kenapa pihak berkuasa Malaysia menunggu beberapa bulan untuk mendedahkan penemuan itu. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Sebuah badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Rohingya di Malaysia menggesa Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (PBB) menyiasat cubaan menutup penemuan kem penyeksaan dan kubur beramai-ramai milik pendatang asing di Wang Kelian, Perlis, pada 2015.

Presiden Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Manusia Etnik Rohingya Myanmar di Malaysia, Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani berkata, PBB dan badan antarabangsa lain harus menyiasat kenapa pihak berkuasa Malaysia menunggu beberapa bulan untuk mendedahkan penemuan itu.

Beliau merujuk laporan New Straits Times (NST) semalam yang mendakwa polis tahu mengenai kubur beramai-ramai di kawasan hutan di sempadan Thailand-Malaysia itu seawal Januari 2015.

Bagaimanapun, sidang media hanya diadakan pada awal Mei tahun itu, di mana ketua polis negara ketika itu, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar mengumumkan penemuan 139 kubur di 28 kem haram yang dipercayai digunakan sindiket pemerdagangan manusia di sebuah bandar bersempadan dengan Thailand. Read more

Charge police officers involved in Wang Kelian cover-up — Charles Santiago

Source: FMT News

Klang MP Charles Santiago calls for the immediate formation of an independent commission to investigate the cover-up at the trafficking camp. Pic taken from FMT News.

By Charles Santiago

I brought up crucial questions about the Wang Kelian trafficking camp with the home minister at almost every parliamentary sitting in 2016 and also this year.

I wasn’t satisfied that all 12 police officers detained in connection with the mass graves were let off and instead, four undocumented migrants charged.

I never received a convincing reply from Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The New Straits Times article exposing a massive cover-up involving the police clearly shows that my concerns hold water.

Kudos to the reporters who worked over two years to reveal that the police knew about the Wang Kelian death camps months before they went public with the information.

The team said they were privy to shocking information from the former police chief, Khalid Abu Bakar, which they can’t publish due to journalistic ethics.

This however opens up a can of worms as Zahid was quoted as saying the dozen policemen initially arrested in connection to the case were released due to lack of sufficient evidence to tie them to it. Read more

Wang Kelian case still open, Nur Jazlan says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Police discovered 139 graves of human trafficking victims in 28 detention camps deep in the jungle of Perlis near the Thai border in 2015. — Reuters pic

Police discovered 139 graves of human trafficking victims in 28 detention camps deep in the jungle of Perlis near the Thai border in 2015. — Reuters pic

IPOH, Dec 21 — The case file of the 2015 human trafficking in Wang Kelian, Perlis is still open, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed explained, following renewed media reports.

The Pulai MP said the police are continuously seeking out those behind the incident, in what he considers the biggest crime against humanity in the country’s history

“We have not closed it because we want to find the perpetrators,” he told the New Straits Times (NST).

He said all existing information would be reviewed, and new leads would be considered as they come. Read more

Wang Kelian case a test of police integrity, says Paul Low

Source: the Malaysian Insight

POLICE must start an internal investigation into the alleged cover-up of mass killings and human trafficking along the Perlis-Thai border in 2015 to restore public confidence, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low.

Low, who is in charge of governance, integrity and human rights, told The Malaysian Insight the cabinet discussed it in its weekly meeting yesterday and will get to the bottom of it.

“Such incidents shouldn’t have had happened. They undermine public trust and confidence in the police as an institution responsible for the protection of citizens and non-citizens in the country.

“The police themselves must launch their own investigation. Who is involved? Were the officers and syndicates working together? Why are there discrepancies in (the police’s internal reports)?” he said. Read more

Putrajaya must answer questions on Wang Kelian death camps, says human rights society

Source: The Malaysian Insight

An armed police officer stands guard at an abandoned camp and mass graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis, in 2015, following the discovery of 139 graves in 28 detention camps for human trafficking victims. – EPA pic.

THE National Human Rights Society (Hakam) has demanded that Putrajaya answer the questions raised in a recent investigative report on human trafficking death camps that were discovered in the jungles of Wang Kelian, Perlis in 2015.

In a statement today, Hakam president Ambiga Sreenevasan praised the “courageous” journalists who had disclosed a possible cover-up by the authorities, in particular, the police.

“The reports state that there are corrupt public officials involved, indicating that organised crime continued to take place over an extensive time-frame that could not have been done without the aid of public officials,” she said.

Ambiga said Hakam demanded to know why the initial discovery of the death camps were kept secret and who had ordered that the crime scene be sanitised and destroyed. She also asked why the Perlis police, who knew of the existence of the camps, were not held accountable for turning a blind eye. Read more

LFL calls for RCI on mass graves after NST report of police cover-ups

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: The government must form a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) following a report by the New Straits Times (NST) today claiming massive cover-ups by police on the discovery of mass graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis, two years ago, rights lawyers say.

“This extensive NST report confirms the long-held suspicion of local authorities’ collusion, and most damning of all, the subsequent whitewash investigation and perfunctory prosecution of a few foreigners,” Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) said in a statement.

“In light of the exposé, serious questions must be asked as to why there was such an extensive cover-up and who the authorities were trying to protect.”

NST today reported that a two-year investigation by its team of journalists revealed that authorities had delayed the announcement of the discovery of the mass graves by some four months. Read more

After new Wang Kelian exposé, group demands inquiry on alleged cover-up

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A policeman watches over abandoned human trafficking camp in the jungle close the Thailand border at Bukit Wang Kelian in northern Malaysia May 26, 2015. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 — The federal government must explain suggestions of collusion between law enforcement and the people-smuggling rings behind the mass graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis, said the National Human Right Society (Hakam).

Citing a New Straits Times special report today based on the discovery first reported by Malay Mail in 2015, Hakam chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said the claims of complicity, incompetence, and a possible cover-up merited a formal investigation by the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam).

“After the Malay Mail exposé in 2015, Hakam and the Malaysian Bar each submitted a memorandum to Suhakam urging that an independent inquiry be conducted into the discovery of the death camps, allegations of human trafficking, torture and mass killings.

“However, we were made to understand that Suhakam’s budget was dramatically reduced in 2015 and 2016, which made it difficult for them to employ resources to initiate an inquiry,” she said in a statement.

She also demanded that the federal government address the insinuations of impropriety and irregularity contained in the NST’s report, saying it must at least explain why the discovery of the death camps were not publicised sooner. Read more

Hakam takes gov’t to task over daily’s Wang Kelian exposé

Source: Malaysiakini

HAKAM President Ambiga Sreenevasan — Pic by Zikri Kamalrulzaman

The National Human Rights Society (Hakam) has called for the government to answer questions posed by a local daily on the alleged cover-up of human trafficking activities in the Wang Kelian camp in Perlis.

In a statement released today, Hakam president Ambiga Sreenevasan raised a few points that the government must answer to put the matter to rest.

“Why had the initial discovery of these death camps been kept a secret? Who gave the orders to sanitise and destroy the crime scene, and why?

“Why were the Perlis police, who knew the existence of these jungle camps, not held accountable for ignoring these victims?” she asked. Read more