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

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

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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.” Read more

NGO: Police should go after the big fish involved in Wang Kelian human trafficking deaths

Source: The Star Online

ALOR SETAR: Two years after 106 bodies of human trafficking victims were exhumed in Wang Kelian, Perlis, the Malaysian Consul­tative Council of Islamic Organisation (Mapim) has expressed its dismay that only four people were charged in court over the matter.

Its president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said more could be done by the authorities as he believed those charged in court could be just the ikan bilis (small fry).

“The authorities should go after the big fish as some of the trafficked victims had furnish­ed the authorities with details about who were involved. Read more

Malaysia’s deadly connection – by Ambiga Sreenevasan

Source: New Mandala  |  Secondary Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY AMBIGA SREENEVASAN
(President, HAKAM)

Remains found in a mass grave at a human trafficking camp in Malaysia. Photo by Al Jazeera.

Turning a blind eye to the links between corruption and human trafficking is costing lives.

In Malaysia, corruption kills. Recent casualties include the victims of the human trafficking trade conducted across the border with Thailand.

In May this year, Thai authorities discovered human trafficking death camps in the jungles of southern Thailand. Reports were rife that similar death camps existed on the Malaysian side of the border.

The Home Ministry on 10 May dismissed these reports saying their investigations had found no such camps nor graves.

But, two courageous journalists from Malay Mail, S Arulldas and Sayuti Zainuddin, risked life and limb to search out the death camps and proved the Ministry wrong. After covering difficult terrain, they arrived at a clearing where they were shocked to see 40 mounds of soil with freshly dug graves. They also found a deserted camp that could have housed over 1,000 people. Read more

30 more human trafficking victims buried today

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Kubur di Hutan Simpan Mata Ayer di Lubuk Sireh berada kira-kira dua jam dari kem di Wang Kelian di mana kubur besar mengandungi mayat Rohingya ditemui. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 2 Jun, 2015.

Kubur di Hutan Simpan Mata Ayer di Lubuk Sireh berada kira-kira dua jam dari kem di Wang Kelian di mana kubur besar mengandungi mayat Rohingya ditemui. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 2 Jun, 2015.

The remains of 30 human trafficking victims believed to be Rohingya migrants from Myanmar, found at Bukit Wang Burma, Wang Kelian last month, were buried at a cemetery in Kampung Tualang today.

Kedah Islamic Religious Department (JAIK) director Datuk Noh Dahya said 28 of the victims were men who were buried en masse in a grave, while the bodies of two women were laid to rest in an adjacent grave. Read more

Crime analysts give their take on cross-border human traffickers

Source: The Rakyat Post

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. — Bernama file pic

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. — Bernama file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18, 2015 — Crime analysts have called for severe punishment for the culprits in the human trafficking cases related to the discovery of illegal detention camps in Perlis recently.

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said those involved should even be cited for genocide or mass murder.

“However, it depends on the evidence because we can only prosecute them if we have sufficient proof,” he said. Read more

Cops: No new human trafficking camps found in Perlis

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A Malaysian policeman leaves the site of the place where human remains were found, near an abandoned human trafficking camp, in the jungle close to the Thailand border at Bukit Wang Burma in northern Malaysia, May 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

A Malaysian policeman leaves the site of the place where human remains were found, near an abandoned human trafficking camp, in the jungle close to the Thailand border at Bukit Wang Burma in northern Malaysia, May 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 ― The finding of a camp believed to be for human trafficking purposes at the Mata Air Forest Reserve, Perlis, as reported on the front page of a newspaper today, is not a new finding.

Perlis Police chief, SAC Shafie Ismail said the emplacement in Bukit Genting Perah, Wang Kelian was one of the 28 emplacements mentioned by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in a media conference at Martek Op Wawasan Khas, Wang Kelian on May 25.

“The media present has been given a comprehensive picture on the emplacements which are found via photos which were exhibited at the picture gallery of the base. Read more

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. Read more

Death camps: Post-mortem reveals no foul play

Source: The Star Online

KANGAR, JUNE 12: No element of foul play was found in the post-mortem conducted on 26 human skeletal remains found at the death camps in Wang Kelian.

Police state police chief Senior Asst Comm (SAC) Shafie Ismail said the deaths been classified as sudden death.

SAC Shafie added that the 26 were identified to be all male and between the ages of 17 and above 60. Read more

Skeletal remains of 99 human trafficking victims found

Source: The Malaysian Insider

A policeman carries plastic bags containing human remains exhumed from graves dug around human trafficking camps near to Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian, Perlis. The skeletal remains of 99 victims of human trafficking have been found. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, June 7, 2015.

A policeman carries plastic bags containing human remains exhumed from graves dug around human trafficking camps near to Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian, Perlis. The skeletal remains of 99 victims of human trafficking have been found. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, June 7, 2015.

The skeletal remains of 99 victims of human trafficking syndicates have been found and brought out from the graves found in the jungles here so far.

As at 5:25pm today, 30 skeletons were found in 31 graves and taken out from a gravesite in Bukit Genting Perah via  Felcra Lubuk Sireh.

Perlis Police Chief SAC Shafie Ismail, when contacted, confirmed that the skeletal remains of 30 victims were taken out from the Bukit Genting Perah site, but could not provide further details. Read more