Allow Rohingya refugees to work, says academic

Source: The Sun

KUALA LUMPUR: The government should consider allowing the Rohingya refugees in the country to work in the plantation and services sectors that are currently facing a shortage of workers, said an academic.

Dean of Universiti Utara Malaysia’s College of Law, Government and International Studies Asso Prof Dr Ahmad Martadha Mohamed said the move would enable the authorities to keep tabs on their movements and regulate their numbers.

“The Rohingya refugees possess cards issued by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). Since the UNHCR already has a system in place to register Rohingya refugees, it is easier for the government to monitor the movements of the refugees concerned,” he told Bernama.

According to UNHCR, as of May this year, a total of 151,560 refugees and asylum seekers were registered with the commission in Malaysia.

Refugees from Myanmar made up the majority at 137,261 and they comprised Rohingyas (52,960), Chins (42,973), Myanmar Muslims (11,232), Rakhines and Arakanese (5,762) and other ethnic groups. Read more

James Nayagam slams lack of progress on human trafficking

Source: The Star Online

Filepic of illegal Bangladesh and Myanmar Rohingya refugees in a Royal Malaysian Navy ( RMN ) marine police boat at the jetty Langkawi. – Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has not done enough to combat human trafficking in the country, says human rights activist James Nayagam.

Speaking on the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report of the United States, Nayagam said that Malaysia does not deserve its recent Tier 2 Watch List ranking.

“To be honest, I think Malaysia deserves a Tier 3 ranking (the lowest rank) because we are not moving forward fast enough,” he said, adding that human trafficking is still a big problem in the country.

However, Nayagam said that the reason why Malaysia cannot be in the Tier 3 watchlist is because they are a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

In June last year, the American congress passed a bill that barred them from entering into trade agreements with nations on tier-three of the list.

“This proves that the report has lost its taste, there’s no bite,” said Nayagam.

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