Bersih monitors say two cases of indelible ink washing off

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Yogeswara Barathi, 27, pictured outside the polling centre of SRB Garland, shows his inked finger indicating that he has cast his vote. ― Picture by Azdee Amir

Yogeswara Barathi, 27, pictured outside the polling centre of SRB Garland, shows his inked finger indicating that he has cast his vote. ― Picture by Azdee Amir

KUCHING, May 7 — Two incidents of indelible ink supposedly removed by washing were reported to Bersih 2.0’s Sarawak Monitoring team (PEMANTAU) during voting for the 11th Sarawak state election today.

PEMANTAU member Dominic Hii said both cases came from the same SJK(C) Thai Kwang in Sibu, and that no other cases were reported elsewhere.

“So far it seems isolated to SJK Thai Kwang,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

“We are still trying to find more people who voted there, but so far, it seems unwashable in other places.”

He noted that the cases were strange, because while the ink may appear to be gone under the sunlight, it becomes visible when viewed under fluorescent light.

“They said the ink looked pale even when fresh out of the polling centre, and after washing it looks as though it has disappeared. But only under the sunlight. It reappears indoors,” he said. Read more

Extend right to work to all – Aslam Abd Jalil

Source: NST Online

BY ASLAM ABD JALIL

I REFER to the letter “Give  jobs to locals instead of refugees” (NST, March 21). I would like to correct some points raised by the writer.

ON allowing refugees to work: It is an effort to weed out those who hold fake United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cards.

This mechanism can help because the records of refugees will be tallied with their work permits. However, it is more than this. Allowing refugees to work means they will no longer be employed illegally or work in “black market”.

Work rights for refugees are a violation of the country’s laws: Section 55 of the Immigration Act 1959/63 gives discretionary power to the home minister to allow a class of people to enter this country and it has been used a few times. IMM 13 permits were issued before to the Moro, Acehnese and Rohingya refugees to allow them to stay and work. In fact, the Muslim Chams from Cambodia were accepted and integrated into local society.

WHAT about locals who are jobless?: There are many factors that contribute to unemployment among Malaysians. Blaming refugees and migrants of stealing jobs is simplistic and xenophobic. Refugees whom I’ve met said they were willing to take up 3D (dirty, dangerous and demeaning) jobs.

In fact, refugees are already working in informal sectors. It’s a matter of legalising for better regulation and protection. Read more