Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has confirmed that forest enforcement officers and human traffickers have been collaborating at the Malaysia-Thailand border.

Speaking at the sidelines of the Parliament today, Ahmad Zahid said that several suspects had since been detained but chose not to identify them yet.

“Not only local enforcement officers are involved, there is also an international link that includes Thais, Myanmarese and Bangladeshis.”

Ahmad Zahid said the police force had since suspected that some of the human traffickers were working with enforcement departments of both Malaysia and Thailand that were supposed to guard the border area, adding that he needed to discuss the issue with the ministers concerned.

The police, according to the Bagan Datoh Member of Parliament, also suspected that the enforcement officers were complicit in the deaths of the migrants.

“The officers are being investigated for causing death, murder and disposing of bodies,” Ahmad Zahid said, adding that he could not reveal further investigation details yet.

Ahmad Zahid said while he was not pointing fingers at anyone for the time being, all possibilities needed to be investigated as the human trafficking camps, believed to have existed since 2013 should not have existed to begin with.

“This should not have happened in this country especially in a forest reserve.”

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