IGP: Ba­bies for sale not ram­pant

> M’sian Al Jazeera jour­nal­ist quizzed over doc­u­men­tary on is­sue


KUALA LUMPUR: In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar yes­ter­day de­nied that the sale of ba­bies in Malaysia is ram­pant, as por­trayed by in­ter­na­tional tele­vi­sion sta­tion, Al Jazeera.

He said po­lice have recorded a state­ment from the Al Jazeera jour­nal­ist in­volved in the pro­duc­tion of the doc­u­men­tary ti­tled Malaysia: Baby For Sale, which the sta­tion broad­cast re­cently.

“Po­lice con­tacted the jour­nal­ist, a lo­cal, the same day the doc­u­men­tary was aired,” he said.

Speak­ing to reporters af­ter at­tend­ing a Kop­erasi Po­lis Di­raja Malaysia event at the Bukit Aman po­lice head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day, Khalid said po­lice will also seek the co­op­er­a­tion of the Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Min­istry and the Health Min­istry if the need arises.

“We will keep in touch with the rel­e­vant min­istries to as­cer­tain if they have re­ceived re­ports on the baby-sell­ing racket in Malaysia,” he said, adding that the doc­u­men­tary was a se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tion and it did not por­tray the real sit­u­a­tion.

Mean­while in KLANG, po­lice raided five clin­ics in Se­lan­gor and Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan yes­ter­day over in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the al­leged sale of ba­bies, Ber­nama re­ported.

Four of the clin­ics were in Se­lan­gor – two in Klang and one each in Tan­jung Sepat and Sepang – and one in Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan, in an op­er­a­tion dubbed “Ops Baby”, said a po­lice spokesman. He said a ma­ter­nity clinic and a gen­eral clinic were raided in Klang at about 3pm by a team from Bukit Aman’s An­tiTraf­fick­ing in Per­sons and An­tiS­mug­gling of Mi­grants Unit.

Po­lice seized sev­eral doc­u­ments but no ar­rests were made.

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