BAGAN DATUK: The special court to handle human trafficking cases will enable proceedings to run smoothly.
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said yesterday the court that would be established in June would focus on solving pending cases and those that needed urgent attention.
“This court is crucial in translating our seriousness in addressing human trafficking cases.
"The Home Ministry has proposed that each special court has a dedicated judge with vast experience in the field," he told the media after closing the Multaqa Permuafakatan programme for mosque officials and Fardhu Ain and Kifayah (Kafa) teachers here today.
"The court, which will start operating in several states (as a pioneer project), will be able to expedite prosecution and ensure justice for the victims.
"There's a lot of pending cases," he said.
A total of 282 cases were prosecuted last year compared to 131 in 2016 and 26 in 2015.
Zahid said the implementation of the court would also be able to improve the country's standing in human trafficking.
Last year, Malaysia was upgraded to Tier 2 in the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report from Tier 3.
"We are currently working with Good Shepherd Welfare Home and Tenaganita Sdn Bhd to provide shelter to the victims and ensure their freedom in this country.
"The United States Embassy in Malaysia has also offered employment opportunities at a hotel in the capital (Kuala Lumpur). Various corporate bodies have also come forward to help those who have fallen prey to human trafficking," he said.
Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif was reported as saying that the court, which would be first set up in Klang, Selangor, would also be established in others states in stages, including Perak, Melaka, Johor and Sabah.