Remains found in human trafficking graves will be laid to rest in Kedah

Remains found in human trafficking graves will be laid to rest in Kedah
On guard: General Operation Force personnel at the entrance to Felcra Lubuk Sireh at Wang Kelian.

ALOR SETAR - The 35 bodies discovered from the human trafficking graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis, will be buried in Kedah, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.

"The Federal Government has requested the state government to bury the deceased in Kedah.

"A total of 35 bodies have been sent to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar for post-mortem and all of them would be buried together," he said after presenting Ramadan aid to mosques at Masjid Ayer Hitam in Jerlun parliamentary here yesterday.

He added that the bodies would be buried in a Muslim cemetery in Pokok Sena as it was believed that they were all Muslims.

However, Mukhriz did not reveal the exact burial ground or when the burial would take place.

In the Ops Wawasan Khas launched by the police on May 11, 139 graves and 28 human trafficking camps found in Wang Burma hill and Wang Perah hill in Wang Kelian, Per­­lis, were believed to consist of the Rohingyas from Myanmar and Bangladeshis.

In Putrajaya, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Government was considering building a wall or fencing along the Malaysia-Thailand border.

A recent Cabinet meeting had discussed securing the border in an attempt to curb illegal entry and smuggling.

"Some countries have solid borders but illegal entry still happens.

"For example, the United States-Mexico border. Despite the border fence, it could not stop 11 million illegal immigrants from entering the United States.

"Without the fence, it would be worse," he told a press conference after his ministry's monthly assembly here yesterday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said trafficking was not the only concern as there were also problems with the smuggling of drugs, firearms and subsidised goods.

On a news report that 80 per cent of border enforcement officers are corrupt, Dr Ahmad Zahid declined to verify the report although he did not rule out the possibility.

"The news report quoted sources from Special Branch. We are investigating the sources. This should not happen, as even the police cannot could not confirm the percentage.

"However, I do not rule out the possibility that there are Malaysian officials involved in this syndicate," he said.

On Rohingya refugees, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Government did not intend to allow them to work in the country.

"They have no right to work in the country. Even as UNHCR (United Nations High Com­missioner for Refugees) card holders, they are not permitted to work here. And we do not plan to change that," he said.

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