17 human trafficking victims rescued

GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia - Police officers rescued 17 human trafficking victims from Myanmar at a house in Kulim, Kedah, while investigating a murder case.

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mazlan Kesah said a team went to the house yesterday to look for evidence in the murder of a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) card holder who was found dead in Jalan Ara Kuda, Bukit Mertajam.

"When we went there, we found the victims, who were being guarded by two Myanmar nationals and a Bangladeshi. We rescued the victims and handed them over to the Kulim police for further investigations. The three foreigners who guarded them were arrested," he told reporters at the police contingent headquarters yesterday.

On Tuesday, UNHCR card holder Abul Kassim Abdul Shukur, 40, from Myanmar was found dead by a construction worker in Jala Ara Kuda after being murdered elsewhere.

A 33-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder and this led the police to the house in Kulim.

SAC Mazlan said Abul Kassim was last seen being taken away by five men from his house a day earlier, adding that they arrested another four men in Sungai Acheh and Bukit Tengah to help in the murder investigations.

He added that more arrests were expected and investigations were still ongoing on the activity of the human trafficking syndicate.