PUTRAJAYA — April 18, 2019: The Royal Commission of Inquiry heard from a police officer today that the victims had to pay more than RM2,000 each if they wanted to enter the country.
DSP Joeking M. Maniam Anthony of the General Operations Force said this was revealed by one of the 38 victims detained by his team during the raid on transit camps in Wang Kelian on January 19, 2015.
“Once arrived, they were forced to walk into the jungle before reaching the settlement camps in Bukit Burma. There, they were asked to pay another sum to the agent to secure a job or being left at the camp,” he said.
The proceedings are held before former Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria as chairman and six others.
Anthony said of the 38s, only one Bangladeshi could speak Malay and English and he was the one who provided the information to the police.
“They were weak, hungry and tired. I gave them some water and bread before lodging a report at the Padang Besar police station,” he told conducting officer Khairul Anuar Abd. Halim.
According to Anthony, he was also made to understand, based on his conversation with the Bangladeshi, that 12 others had escaped.
No case exhibits were submitted when he lodged the police report as he was not informed about the presence of these exhibits from the arrests. — Bernama