KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reiterated Malaysia’s commitment to putting a stop to human trafficking.
“Malaysia’s collective efforts in combating human trafficking locally and regionally is bearing fruit as the country improved its position in the international Trafficking in Persons Report 2017,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
In the report published by the US State Department, Malaysia has been upgraded to Tier 2 from the Tier 2 Watch List it was on last year.
“Well done to those who worked tirelessly to achieve this. We remain committed to stopping trafficking, protecting the victims and prosecuting the traffickers,” said Najib.
According to the report, Malaysia demonstrated increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period, which enabled it to be upgraded.
Malaysia hopes to attain Tier 1 status in 2020.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said Malaysia’s upgrade was a reflection of the Najib-led government in battling the inhumane crime.
Malaysians, driven by their shared values of care and respect, remain united against human trafficking, he added.
Malaysia was on the Tier 2 Watch List in 2015 and 2016, an upgrade from Tier 3 in 2014. — Bernama