KOTA KINABALU: Keningau police on Wednesday (June 16) say no human trafficking is occurring in Keningau and urged people to stop disseminating false information.
Keningau district police chief Deputy Supt Shahrudin Mat Husain also denied that a mother at the district was selling her children as claimed by some quarters.
He was referring to a statement earlier Wednesday by Pensiangan Keadilan branch chief Raymond Ahuar, who claimed that the police and the Keningau District Welfare Department had rescued three siblings from being sold by their mother.
Ahuar also claimed that the children were sold due to hardship as their mother could earn any money due to the movement control order.
Shahrudin said that the husband of the woman was held for drug offences on May 22 in Keningau.
He was charged in court and granted RM2,500 bail with two local sureties.
The wife was also caught using drugs and when she was detained, her three children – two boys aged five and seven months old and a seven-year-old girl – were referred to the Welfare Department.
"Before she was arrested, the woman had been asking for help from the public for money to pay her husband's bail.
"So, there is no issue of children being sold by the mother or any instances of human trafficking arising due to hardship in Keningau.
The police also reminded parties not to issue inaccurate statements without checking with the police first.