JOHOR BAHRU: Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed has hailed Malaysia’s upgrade to the Tier 2 Watch List of the US’ Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2017 as a recognition of the ministry’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Council’s (Mapo) efforts to curb human trafficking.
Nur Jazlan said it was also solid proof of the ministry’s proactive actions to ensure that crimes related to human trafficking did not reoccur in the country.
“We have learned our lessons from the case in Wang Kelian, Perlis, in 2015. There have been no reports of similar incidents in the country ever since. The US’ recognition itself is proof that we are on the right track.
“The Malaysian government has always been cooperating with the Royal Malaysia Police through the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (Atipsom) Special Task Force in ensuring that our country is free from such crimes,” he told reporters here yesterday.
He was responding to a call by the Malaysian Bar Council to enhance the investigation team’s expertise in identifying, detaining and prosecuting parties involved in human trafficking activities and to further strengthen the Atipsom teams.
The Bar Council also urged the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the existence of human trafficking camps and graves in the hilly area of Wang Kelian in Perlis, three years ago.
However, Nur Jazlan said there was no need for that as action had been taken on the case and the situation would not recur.
He said the government was still waiting for answers from its Thai counterparts to extradite three main suspects in the case involving trafficking of the Rohingya, said to be linked with the discovery of the mass graves, for the case to be prosecuted in Malaysia.
“Malaysia submitted the application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand two years ago through Wisma Putra and we are still awaiting answers from that country,” he added.