Police identify more than three kingpins of human trafficking, says home minister


Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have identified more than three kingpins of the syndicates involved in the recently uncovered human trafficking activities in the Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian, Perlis.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the activities could not have been managed by only one kingpin.

“Apart from the individual named ‘Yassin’, I believe that there are other individuals involved. We suspect there are more than three kingpins, I’m confident that there are more than three and we will hunt them down every ‘wormhole’ and they will not escape,” he told reporters after visiting the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent headquarters here today.

Ahmad Zahid said Yassin was currently believed to be hiding in Thailand.

“We will seek cooperation from the Thailand government to arrest and bring the suspect home because he has escaped to Thailand,” he said.

Last month, the nation was stunned over news of the discovery of 139 graves at 28 transit camps, believed to have been abandoned by human trafficking syndicates, along the Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian, Perlis.

In another development, Ahmad Zahid announced that the street crime rate in the city had dropped by almost 50 per cent, while the crime index showed a decline of over 23 per cent.

However, he said he was a little disappointed by the public perception that the PDRM’s performance had not improved.

“This trend is not only happening in Malaysia, but also in other developed countries and this is based on the latest research I did with the New York Police Department.

“This is because the public have high expectation for the PDRM to be able to combat crimes 100 per cent,” he said.

The minister said the PDRM would try their level best to achieve the maximum rate in combating crime, but it was impossible to achieve a zero-crime rate. — Bernama