PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – The directive to demolish the temporary transit camps found in Wang Kelian, Perlis in 2015 was not intended to destroy evidence, said former Perlis deputy police chief ACP (B) Md Zukir Md Isa.
Md Zukir said the directive issued during a police chief monthly meeting, chaired by him on January 20, 2015, was to ensure that the illegal immigrants could no longer use the transit camps in the future.
The order, he said, was given after a briefing by General Operations Force (PGA) Battalion 3, Company B commander, ASP M Joeking.
In that meeting attended by Padang Besar District Police Chief Superintendent Rizani Che Ismail, the National Security Council and several other security agencies, Joeking informed about the discovery of the temporary transit camps and detention of 38 illegals.
The 13th witness of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the discovery of the temporary transit camps and mass graves in Wang Kelian said, in the meeting Joeking also informed about the existence of the grave-like structures and following that, he ordered further investigations to be carried out to ascertain what were buried in there.
According to Md Zukir, based on the rules, his directive at the meeting was to establish what were buried in the piece of land resembling a grave before demolishing the camps.
“According to this sequence and instructions given to destroy certain parts of the camps first, I was made to understand that this was to ensure that the illegal immigrants would not be able to re-occupy the camps.
“My area of focus, establish what exactly was the piece of land resembling a grave, make sure the camps cannot be re-occupied by the illegals, meaning not demolishing the entire place only certain parts such as the canvas roofed areas,” he said, adding that no objections and suggestions were raised pertaining to the instructions during the meeting.