ALOR SETAR: Officials suspected of being in cahoots with human traffickers responsible for the mass graves near the Malaysia-Thai border may not have wanted any blood on their hands.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the officers could have been motivated by the "quick money" to be made and were not aware of the mass killings and torture taking place at the detention camps.
"Anyone who knows what happened at those detention camps or is aware of the human trafficking syndicate should come forward.
"Many of them had small roles to play in allowing the syndicate to operate, but they did not know about the killings and torture.
"Now they must be having nightmares," Shahidan told reporters after the closing ceremony of the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercise 2015, here, Thursday.
Authorities had earlier this week confirmed the discovery of 139 mass graves spread across 28 human trafficking detention camps near Wang Kelian, Perlis.
The graves were believed to contain the remains of Bangladeshi and Myanmar migrants trying to enter Malaysia through Thailand.