King to receive Wang Kelian report in September

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  • Wednesday, 19 Jun 2019

An abandoned cage at a camp near Wang Kelian

PUTRAJAYA: The final report and recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the discovery of transit camps and mass graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis, will be presented to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah in early September.

RCI chairman Tun Arifin Zakaria said the report and recommendations would be prepared based on the findings of the 17-day inquiry involving 48 witnesses since April 17.

“We have two months for that purpose, and ‘Insya Allah’ (God willing) we can present the report to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in early September,” he said.

Speaking at a press conference after chairing the RCI’s last day of inquiry yesterday, Arifin said thus far he was satisfied with the proceedings and the findings.

He admitted that the police had done their best in handling the case.

“There are just a few things, like when we wanted to have witnesses from Thailand but did not receive the best cooperation ... so it’s hard to get the whole picture.

“However, I think the RCI’s target has been achieved, which makes it easy for us to make recommendations such as improvement to be made in terms of border control security as well as cooperation with the international agencies,” he said.

Asked whether the recommendation would be made public, Arifin, who is a former Chief Justice, said the commission would leave it to the government to decide on the matter.

Meanwhile, RCI deputy chairman and former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Norian Mai said the decision whether the case should be reopened would depend on the findings and discussions of the commission members later. — Bernama

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