Ex-CJ to head RCI on Wang Kelian graves and human trafficking issues

Former chief justice Arifin Zakaria will be assisted by ex-IGP Norian Mai and six members in the RCI. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Former chief justice Arifin Zakaria will lead the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to look into the issue of human trafficking and graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis, three years ago.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Arifin will be assisted by former inspector-general of police Norian Mai and six other members of the RCI whose appointments have received the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Muhyiddin said he will meet with the members at his ministry next week to present them their appointment letters and brief them on the inquiry.

“From there, they can start their investigations.

“We are giving them six months to complete the inquiry and to come up with a report and table it to the ministry,” he told reporters after chairing the second meeting of the Joint Committee on Foreign Workers Management with Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran here today.

Muhyiddin announced on Jan 27 that the government had set up an RCI to investigate the existence of human trafficking camps and graves in the hilly area of Wang Kelian to bring those involved to justice.

In May 2015, police announced the discovery of graves with 106 skeletal remains, believed to be those of Rohingya refugees, and 28 human trafficking camps in Wang Kelian.

The 139 graves, some of them empty, were found on top of a hill hundreds of metres above sea level.