KUALA LUMPUR: Police have recorded a statement from a reporter from Al-Jazeera over a documentary alleging that Malaysia was a hub for baby-selling rackets.
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the reporter, a local woman, was questioned on the same day the documentary was aired, adding she had been cooperative.
“We are looking at all the facts of the case and are looking for more information,” he told reporters at the Federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman today.
Khalid also said that the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry as well as the Health Ministry were also roped in to identify those involved.
He, however, denied that police had set up a special unit to investigate claims of babies being sold by a syndicate in Malaysia as announced by Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim.
Khalid reiterated that Malaysia is not a hub for baby-selling syndicates, although he admitted there have been cases.
“It also happens in other countries. We are always investigating these matters. We are not going to allow this kind of things to happen, we are not stupid,” he said.
Last week, Al Jazeera’s award-winning current affairs programme 101 East blew the lid off the sinister trade involving networks of traffickers, doctors and government officials, all profiting from the most vulnerable women and children.
The documentary discovered among others that babies were being traded like commodities with prices determined by the race, skin colour, gender and weight of the baby.
The babies were allegedly sold for between US$1,500 (RM6,600) and US$2,500 (RM11,000).
It also found that doctors and National Registration Department (JPN) officials were allegedly falsifying birth documents.