Police refute rumours of child smuggling bid into Thailand

Police refute rumours of child smuggling bid into Thailand

KEDAH anti-smuggling unit chief Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman has denied news circulating on social media sites that there was an attempt to smuggle six local children from Bukit Kayu Hitam into Thailand via a poultry lorry, according to Harian Metro.

The rumours were said to have been sparked by a man who posted a congratulatory message on Facebook on the success of the Bukit Kayu Hitam anti-smuggling unit in preventing the incident.

The posting went viral soon afterwards.

"None of my men or officers are aware of such an incident," Abdul Latiif said.

He said it was impossible for a poultry lorry to be headed for Thailand because it was usually the other way around, adding that there were tight controls and CCTV cameras monitoring the 1.6km stretch of the Changlun-Bukit Kayu Hitam highway.

Investigations were underway to determine the motive for the man's Facebook posting, he added.

Berita Harian reported that Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim had issued a stern warning to unscrupulous individuals against cashing in on the tragedy that befell five siblings, who lost their parents in an accident last Friday.

She said there were certain individuals who had tried to solicit donations on social media for the orphaned children of Jeffri Mohd Zin, 50, and Norsalawati Ibrahim, 40, who were killed in a road accident in Jalan Chan Sow Lin, Kuala Lumpur.

Rohani said that apart from the RM450 (S$175) monthly aid to the children, aged three to 16, they would be given counselling to help them cope with their trauma.

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