IPOH – Seventy-one arrests were made via the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants 2007 2007 (Act 670) operations, by Perak police over the last five years.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said Perak police conducted 35 operations in various locations throughout the period with 26 arrests so far this year, 15 arrests (2014), seven arrests (2013), 10 arrests (2012) and 13 arrests (2011).
“Among the types of action that can be taken by the authorities against those found to have committed human trafficking crimes and migrant smuggling are in accordance with the Articles and Rules under Section 12, Section 13, Section
14, Section 15 and Section 15A of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act and Anti- Smuggling of Migrants 2007 (Act 670).
“Action under Section 26A, Section 26B, Section 26C and Section 26D of the act can be imposed for offences pertaining to smuggling of migrants,” he said when replying to an oral question from Radzi Zainon (PAS-Sungai Rapat) at the state legislative assembly sitting here today.
Zambry said the Malaysian and Thailand memorandum of understanding sealed in 2010 has outlined a form of cooperation between the two countries to prevent and eradicate these crimes, especially for states bordering with Thailand, including Perak.
He said cooperation between Perak and Thailand police such as the Malaysia- Thailand Border Security Consoidation meeting was held in October 19 this year in the Chepa General Operations Force base, Kelantan.
The Bali Process Working Group Migrant Meeting was held in Bangkok in June this year which also involved Interpol and ASEAN member countries, United States, New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka, he said.
Meanwhile state Youth, Sports and Human Resources Committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya said the state government had organised entrepreneurial development programmes, including fertigasi and pineappple projects that were drawn up under the Northern Corridor Authority in Lekir, Manjung.
He was replying to an oral question from Datuk Mohd Zolkafly Harun (BN-Lintang) on youth development programme based on the qualification level. – BERNAMA