Malaysian enforcement agencies are committed in addressing human trafficking by tightening surveillance and checks on travellers, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.
"We have solved many human trafficking cases, made arrests and charged those responsible. These prove our seriousness in eliminating trafficking in persons," he told reporters at the police family day at Titiwangsa Lake Garden.
Malaysia has been downgraded to Tier 3 from Tier 2 in the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2009 released by US Department of State for allegedly not doing enough to combat human trafficking.
Musa said the Malaysian police would compare notes with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Australian police on human trafficking.
On a defamation suit filed against the government and the police by textile shop owner and his brother-in-law for wrongful arrest and trespass, Musa said it was their rights and the police were prepared to face it. He said the duo, who were suspects in the Nurin Jazlin Jazimin's abduction and murder two years ago, were picked up based on information received. Musa said the police had not closed the case and were still gathering evidence.
Trader Mohamad Zamri Ibrahim, 35, and former engineer Mohd Suhaimi Yusoff, 30, claimed that they want to clear their names which were tarnished due to the arrest and detention. The two plaintiffs yesterday named investigating officer ASP Loh Pei Pei, Musa and the Government as defendants.
Eight-year-old Nurin went missing on 20 August 2007 after going to a night market alone near her home in Wangsa Maju. Her naked body was found stuffed in a sports bag and left outside a shop in Petaling Utama on Sept 17 2007.
Adapted from: Enforcement Agencies Serious In Combating Human Trafficking - Musa, Bernama.com, 20 June 2009.
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