WANG KELIAN – Funds will be allocated to the Perlis Forestry Department to carry out reforestation of jungle areas affected by the affected by the operations to search for bodies of the victims of human trafficking in the state borders.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the fund was needed to carry out replanting of trees.
“The government will provide the allocation to the Forestry Department to carry our reforestation with fast-growing trees,” he told reporters after visiting the Special Ops Wawasan headquarters here Sunday.
In another development, Shahidan, who is also National Security Council chairman, advised those with information on human trafficking activities in their areas to report to the authorities.
“I call on the people of Wang Kelian, including those who might have been involved, like been paid to be the guide or do anything, to come forward.
“We will not take action against them because I believe when they agreed to do so, they did not know there were graves there,” he added.
Last Monday, Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar announced the discovery of 139 graves and transit camps, which were believed abandoned by human trafficking syndicates, in Wang Kelian, close to the Malaysia-Thai border.
Yesterday, the skeletal remains of 22 more people, believed to be victims of human trafficking, were brought down from the Bukit Wang Burma forest, Wang Kelian and sent to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar for examination by pathologists.
This brings to 35 the number of bodies recovered. – BERNAMA