88 people caught for human trafficking, Dewan Rakyat told

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 (Bernama) — Since the Anti-Human Trafficking Act 2007 came into force in February 2008, 88 individuals were caught, 39 were charged in court for offences related to the scourge resulting in five convictions, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said the authorities had also conducted probes on allegations of government employees involved in human trafficking of Myanmar refugees.

“So far one case is being prosecuted in regard to this issue,” he said in his written reply to a question from Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) in the Dewan Rakyat today.

He added that the government viewed human trafficking seriously and had taken various steps besides introducing the act to combat the scourge.

These included the setting up of an Anti-Human Trafficking Council, drawing up of a five-year strategic action plan on the matter and expediting investigations where foreigners were involved in crimes unless it was serious crimes like murder or drug trafficking.

The government also had forged cooperation with regional and international agencies to tackle human trafficking more effectively, especially in regard to Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, said Hishammuddin, adding that the Attorney-General’s Chambers had also set up a legal committee to pore through the Act so that any ambiguties in it could be amended.

Meanwhile, Deputy Science, Technology and Innovations Minister Fadillah Yusof said generally, employees at the Malaysian Nuclear Agency were not given any special guarantees or financial incentives besides those normally provided to civil servants.

However, he said certain employees at the agency classified as radiation workers were eligible for extra 14 days annual leave.

“Those handling research work at the reactor there are also given a special allowance of RM150 a month as they had to undergo special training to be qualified to do this work,” he said when replying to a question from Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri (PKR-Bagan Serai), who wanted to know about the welfare of the workers at the agency.

Fadillah added that stringent health checks were also conducted at regular intervals to ensure workers at the agency were not exposed to radiation.

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