Saturday, January 04, 2020

Wang Kelian RCI Report - Disclose it - no more secrets?

Just like the SUHAKAM Inquiry that determined that Amri and Pastor Koh were victims of 'enforced disappearance' which pointed to the fact that police may have been involved in wrongdoing. the Wang Kelian incident also raises questions about the police ...including the reasons why 'crime scene' was destroyed, etc ... 

It is disappointing when our new Coalition of Hope (Pakatan Harapan) is behaving like this ...if the police or enforcement officers committed crimes or wrongdoing ...there must be no cover-ups - they too must be prosecuted to the full extend of the law..

Wang Kelian - This was a ROYAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY - that report should have been made public as soon as it was ready. Have there been other RCIs where the report and conclusions were withheld from the public?

If the DAP and PKR were still in Opposition, they would be vigilant on ensuring the truth be revealed and justice be done ...but now, they are in government, and the current Opposition is not as effective ... 

Wang Kelian 'Death Camps' RCI Report was to be ready by September 2019 - Where is it? Make it public?

We came to know about Wang Kelian thanks to investigative journalism by New Straits Times - Media should do more such investigations and reveal the truth to all...

Wang Kelian - An UMNO-BN government cover-up?The secrets of Wang Kelian exposed by investigative journalism? 

An exhaustive, two-year investigation by the New Straits Times Special Probes Team into the mass killings in Wang Kelian in 2015 that shook the world, has revealed startling new evidence, which suggests a massive, coordinated cover-up....

Another huge question mark was why did police order the destruction of these camps, which were potential crime scenes, before they could be processed by forensics personnel?

The report on the Bukit Wang Burma raid stated that the local middleman, who had been taken into custody, had admitted to greasing the palms of personnel in border security agencies to ensure that his operation could continue unmolested. 
“Many of these agencies are highly involved in human trafficking, and this is a serious trans-border crime that cannot be eliminated by arresting illegal immigrants and deporting them.
For as long as there are authorities working hand-in-glove with these syndicates, eradicating this problem will be an uphill battle,” the document stated.

We need a strong government, especially a Home Minister who is responsible for the police and other law enforcement agencies -- The capability and suitability of the current Home Minister, also a former BN Deputy Prime Minister  is again in question...Maybe, we need a younger and stronger Home Minister for Malaysia who will uphold the cause of justice even if it means that the perpetrators are police or other enforcement officers...


Make Wang Kelian RCI report public

02 Jan 2020 / 08:16 H.
PETALING JAYA: Human rights groups and lawyers are urging the government to make public the findings from the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the Wang Kelian human trafficking camps and mass graves in 2015.

The gruelling 17-day inquiry spanning over two months, involving 48 witnesses, concluded in June last year and the report was submitted to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah in September.

A copy of the report was also later sent to the Cabinet, theSun was told.

However, about three months on, the government has neither made public the RCI report, nor have the people been updated on the findings.

Prominent human rights lawyer Andrew Khoo said three months was sufficient for the government to study the report and circulate internally the findings to the relevant agencies for feedback and response.

“Such reports have to be made public. The people have the right to know what happened, who were involved, and they want to know what action is going to be taken to bring those responsible to justice.

“If they are still not released to the public, then there is always the question of transparency and accountability,” he said yesterday.

Tenaganita director and consultant on anti-human trafficking Aegile Fernandez said it was incumbent that the report be made public, and if there was sufficient evidence, for a public trial to be held.

“I think they have had enough time since September. They just have to study (the report) and make the necessary arrangements. There should be no cover-ups, we all need to know who is responsible for the incident,” she said.

In an immediate response, one of the RCI panellists, former Malaysian ambassador to Thailand Datuk Nazirah Hussain defended the delay, saying the matter needed greater scrutiny due to the enormity and seriousness of the case.

“It’s actually good they are taking a long time to study the report, because that means they are really scrutinising it. It is also up to them (Cabinet) if they want to make it public,” she said.

Another panellist, former Public Accounts Committee deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw said the King had decreed that the report be presented to the Malay rulers at a future date to be announced soon.

“It is for the RCI chairman (former chief justice Tun Ariffin Zakaria) to table and present it to the rulers. On whether the findings will be made public, that you have to ask the government. We (panellists) have done what we were supposed to do.”

During the RCI, several prominent witnesses testified, including former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and ex-Perlis police chief Datuk Zul Aznam Haron. - Sun Daily, 2/1/2020

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