IT was reported awhile ago that a substantial number of Immigration officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport had been transferred out and some arrested for alleged involvement in human trafficking.
Since 2010, there have been numerous arrests.
Last year, several officers were arrested for alleged involvement in the sabotage of the MyIMMs system, an online service by the Immigration Department, by allowing foreigners to enter illegally using agents, syndicates and airline staff.
The personnel who got transferred out should also be arrested.
Human trafficking is a crime that deprives people of their human rights and freedom, increases global health risks, fuels organised crime, and increases poverty.
The impact of human trafficking is devastating. Victims may suffer physical and emotional abuse, threats against self and family, and even death.
The devastation also extends beyond victims. Human trafficking undermines the health, safety, and security of nations it touches.
Malaysia’s entry and exit points must be monitored for illegal activities.
It should not be the source and transit country for human trafficking.
The announcement of a special court earlier this year to tackle human trafficking cases is welcomed by campaigners who said it would deliver justice to victims.
Human trafficking must be stopped with perpetrators fired and given a longer jail term for betraying country and king.
The authorities must send out a strong message that human trafficking warrants harsh punishment and cannot be swept under the carpet.
C. Sathasivam Sitheravellu
Seremban, Negri Sembilan