Muhyiddin: Wang Kelian RCI may use Suhakam report as reference for its investigation

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 28 Mar 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) report on Wang Kelian may be used as a point of reference for the Royal Commission of Inquiry's (RCI) investigation of the human trafficking camps, says Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

"We could use the Suhakam report as a foundation, and the RCI can refer to Suhakam's findings," he said.

However, Muhyiddin said that it was up to the seven-member commission that the decision whether or not to accept Suhakam's findings.

"They have criteria to ensure that the information can be verified with evidence and such," he said.

Muhyiddin said the RCI had been carrying out its investigation for three to four weeks and have six months to complete their report.

He declined to comment further on Suhakam's findings that there was obstruction of justice involved when it discovered that Malaysian authorities had destroyed the campsite in Wang Kelian a day after it was found.

It reported that this had potentially diminished evidence that could have aided police investigations, adding that the four-month delay in exhuming bodies at the site had also hampered forensic specialists from identifying their cause of death.

The 121-page joint report titled "Sold Like Fish" by Suhakam and Fortify Rights was to support the work of the RCI in its efforts to investigate the human trafficking camps and graves.

It added that further investigations were required to determine the extent of responsibility and involvement of Malaysian authorities in the trafficking of the Rohingya and Bangladeshi victims.

It also recommended the RCI ensure that its work is transparent, and for it to establish the facts and circumstances surrounding the death camps.

The RCI is expected to complete its report by September this year.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin also called for patience over the inquest into the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

"We cannot make any early decision (until the inquest is complete)", he said.

"The purpose of the inquest is to have a report that is professionally done and the decision will satisfy all parties and answers all allegations and accusations," he said.

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