DPM: Eight arrested for involvement in baby-selling racket

BY KAMLES KUMAR
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in a Parliamentary written reply said the police probe revealed that the syndicate has been going on since 2012 to September last year. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 — The police have arrested eight people who were involved in a baby-selling syndicate which was detailed in a documentary by Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera last year.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in a Parliamentary written reply said the police probe revealed that the syndicate has been going on since 2012 to September last year.

“The investigations have found that the baby selling activities have started since 2012 until September 2016. The price charged to interested individuals is around the range of RM3,500 to RM6,700,” he said in response to a question from PKR’s Sim Tze Tsin.

The deputy prime minister added that eight people were arrested after several raids were conducted at private clinics in Klang and Puchong as well as four houses in Seremban and Selangor on November 30, last year.

“The police together with medical practices division of the Health Ministry has raided and investigated three clinics..as well as four houses in Seremban and Selangor on 30 November 2016,” Ahmad Zahid said.

Among those arrested were 6 Malaysians and 2 Indonesians where four of them were women and two men, Ahmad Zahid added.

The Bagan Datoh MP also said the  case is being investigated under Section 14 of the Anti-Trafficking of Persons and the Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 and Section 18 of the Child Act 2001.

“Seven suspects have been released on police bail, while one suspect was charged under Section 15 (1) (c) of the Immigration Act and was sentenced to seven months of imprisonment,” he said.

Sim had asked the Home Ministry to state whether or not the contents of the Al-Jazeera documentary was true, and what action had been taken by the authorities.

The documentary part of Al-Jazeera’s 101East series became viral after it exposed the infant trade racket which it alleged also involved government officials.