8 cops hauled up over death camps

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PETALING JAYA -At least eight police personnel have been called up for investigations into the death camps near Padang Besar on the Perlis border with Thailand.

A source said the officers were from several police stations in Padang Besar.

"It is part of the internal investigations by the department," he said.

Earlier, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar earlier said Bukit Aman was directed to investigate all enforcement agencies running border patrols and that village heads as well as community, development and security chiefs would also be investigated.

Some senior ranking officers at the Perlis Forestry Department were also being questioned. They were among 15 other personnel hauled up to assist in investigations.

The source said this was not the time for the enforcement agencies to play the blame game.

"The agencies should come up with a solution to determine who is to take care of the area," said the source.

"If it falls within the jurisdiction of the Forestry Department, then the forest rangers should be given proper weapons to protect themselves.

"It is a highly sensitive topic. They can only do that with the approval of the police."