Make Wang Kelian RCI report public, Suhakam urges govt

A total of 139 mass graves and 28 abandoned human trafficking camps were discovered at Bukit Wang Burma in Wang Kelian in 2015. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has urged the government to release the report and findings of the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the Wang Kelian tragedy.

A total of 139 mass graves and 28 abandoned human trafficking camps were discovered at Bukit Wang Burma in Wang Kelian, near the Malaysia-Thailand border, in 2015.

The RCI into the matter concluded in June last year after a 17-day proceeding involving 48 witnesses.

“Suhakam calls on the government to urgently release the report and findings of the RCI into the Wang Kelian tragedy, which involved human trafficking syndicates and subsequent obstruction of justice by enforcement authorities,” Suhakam said in a statement.

“There must be justice for those who have died, nameless as they are.

“More importantly, what are the lessons learnt and Malaysia’s response to avoid a recurrence of such a tragedy in the future?”

At the conclusion of the RCI on June 18 last year, RCI chairman and former chief justice Arifin Zakaria said the commission would work on preparing a report and recommendations for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in September.

However, he added that it was up to the government whether the report should be made public.