Migrant says he can identify Malaysians involved in death camps

Migrant says he can identify Malaysians involved in death camps
An abandoned migrant detention camp used by people-smugglers in a jungle near the Malaysia-Thailand border in Genting Perah.

HAADYAI - His claims of death camps run by human traffickers on Malaysian soil have proven true. Now, Rohingya migrant Abdul Kalam says he knows who the Malaysian culprits are.

But he said that he will only give the information to the authorities if the Malaysian police will protect him.

"I want to tell them but I am just a migrant and have no protection," said Kalam, who was formerly president of the Rohingya club in Thailand. He said that he has been investigating on his own in Thailand's southern provinces and the areas that border Malaysia.

The syndicates running the people smuggling operations and camps have Thais and Malaysians working for them, he said.

"There are also Rohingyas. They have betrayed their own people to work for the syndicates," he said.

After a Thai crackdown on the syndicates led to the discovery of death camps and mass graves early last month, Kalam said that most of such camps were on the Malaysian side.

Malaysian authorities denied the allegation but weeks later found 28 abandoned camps and 139 graves near Padang Besar, a town in Perlis on the border with Thailand.

The bodies in the graves were suspected to be those of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants.

Kalam said he would continue his efforts to find and rescue any Rohingyas still in the jungle.

"The big camps have been found but I believe there are smaller ones still in the jungle. There are also more graves yet to be found," he said.

Malaysian authorities have said that they believe there were no more camps or graves than those already unearthed.

Kalam has been living in Thailand for more than 30 years.

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