A few news items caught my attention recently.
The first one is datelined Bukit Mertajam, the link for which I put up recently:
The United States recently downgraded Malaysia and three other countries to Tier 3 – the lowest possible ranking – in its annual Trafficking of Persons (TIP) Report due to insufficient action taken to prevent human trafficking and forced labour. We are in the same group as Zimbabwe, North Korea and Saudi Arabia! See this Guardian report: ‘US penalises Malaysia for shameful human trafficking record’.
And the second revelation is about dead bodies, some of them reportedly foreigners, found dumped in and around the Bukit Mertajam area:
I found several recent online news reports of such cases quite easily. I didn’t even have to do a comprehensive search.
26 April – Maggot infested body found in Bukit Tengah
15 March – Body of man found in durian orchard
26 February – Body of man wrapped in bedsheet found on pavement
10 December 2013 – Stench leads to discovery of murdered man in quarry
What’s going on here? Is there a pattern here?