The recent gruesome murders in Penang and Selangor involving Myanmar nationals are not linked to human trafficking, initial police investigations revealed.
Those involved were illegal immigrants who entered via the Malaysian-Thai border and formed their own community and gangs, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Wan Tuanku Jaffar.
"These groups try to dominate some businesses among themselves, resulting in territorial claims and disputes," he said.
"There is no proof that it is related to human trafficking," he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
Last September, police uncovered a "slaughter house" in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, following a spate of gruesome murders involving 20 victims.
Nine suspects have since been charged with two more still at large.
Last Sunday, three mutilated bodies were found at the Cheras Christian cemetery.
The victims, all men, were believed to be from Myanmar as there was a settlement nearby.
Earlier, Wan Junaidi said in the August House that the crime rates for major cities have reduced by 5 per cent annually.
"Since the National Key Results Areas were introduced, crime rates for major cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Johor Bahru Selatan, Bukit Mertajam, Ipoh and Kuantan have reduced since 2012," he said in reply to Fong Kui Lun (DAP-Bukit Bintang).
"There has been an increase in the number of people caught for committing crimes since 2012 and this shows action is being taken by the police," he said.
On the hiring of police officers, he said the Government lost 1,500 to 1,600 police officers annually due to various reasons including dismissal and retirement.
"We hire about 6,500 police officers annually, but due to situations at the borders of Malaysia in Sabah, Sarawak and the northern states, we need more."