Govt never knew of mass graves due to its remote location: Malaysian Home Minister

Govt never knew of mass graves due to its remote location: Malaysian Home Minister

KUALA LUMPUR - Inaccessible terrain and remote locations prevented the Government about learning about the mass graves discovered in Wang Kerian, Perlis near the Thai border.

"Because of the terrain and its remoteness, we never expected any activity going on there," Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi told Parliament in a motion submitted by Gooi Hsiao Leung (PKR - Alor Star) on Wednesday.

He said the location of the graves was about a three-hour hike from the nearest point accessible by vehicles.

He also said the area was steep and easier to access from Thailand.

Gooi had proposed for the House to discuss the discovery of the 139 graves and 28 human trafficking camps found in Perlis which went unnoticed until recently.

In his motion, he urged the Home Minister to explain how such camps and graves found in Malaysia could exist without the Government's knowledge.

Wan Junaidi also said that twelve police officers had been nabbed in three operations since last year for suspected involvement in human trafficking.

However, he said that their actual involvement in the mass graves and camps was unknown at the moment.

Four were arrested by the police while eight others were arrested by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).

Wan Junaidi said they would investigate all the enforcement agencies involved in border patrol, including the police and the Forestry Department, among others.

He added that they also arrested 43 people suspected to be involved in human trafficking syndicates.

Later, Gooi said that Wan Junaidi's answers were "disappointing".

"The Government has not acknowledged how insecure our borders are," he said.

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