Amnesty wants halt to execution of death row inmate

Source: FMT News

It adds that according to international law, the mandatory death penalty can only be handed out for ‘the most serious crimes’ such as intentional killings. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Amnesty International Malaysia wants the government to immediately halt the execution of a man on death row, expected to take place any time within the next 72 hours.

It said Yong Kar Mun, 48, had “days, if not hours, left to live”, adding that based on existing practice, the execution was expected to take place this week.

“Yong’s family received a letter by hand from the Sungai Buloh Prison at 2pm today, asking the family to visit him for the last time tomorrow at 9am. Read more

NGO: Police should go after the big fish involved in Wang Kelian human trafficking deaths

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ALOR SETAR: Two years after 106 bodies of human trafficking victims were exhumed in Wang Kelian, Perlis, the Malaysian Consul­tative Council of Islamic Organisation (Mapim) has expressed its dismay that only four people were charged in court over the matter.

Its president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said more could be done by the authorities as he believed those charged in court could be just the ikan bilis (small fry).

“The authorities should go after the big fish as some of the trafficked victims had furnish­ed the authorities with details about who were involved. Read more

Bangladeshi relives horror as a trafficked person

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Man says he spent 45 days on a ship with 500 others after being abducted by someone claiming to be an employment agent. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Kareem (not his real name) first considered becoming a migrant worker in Malaysia when he heard his neighbours in Bangladesh discussing the idea.

“I wanted to give a better life to my wife and two children, but I deliberated for some time on whether I should leave,” he said at a press conference on the subject of human trafficking.

He said he sought information on the process of getting a job in Malaysia from a man claiming to be an employment agent.

“He quoted me prices for tourist and student visas, but the amounts were too high, costing from RM15,000 to RM20,000. I could not afford them.” Read more

Tenaganita questions political will to fight human trafficking

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NGO’s executive director Glorene Das quizzes government over lack of transparency in investigations following discovery of Wang Kelian mass grave in Perlis. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Human rights organisation Tenaganita has questioned the government’s political will to combat human trafficking almost two years after horrific graves were found at Wang Kelian near the Malaysian-Thai border.

Its executive director Glorene Das has asked the government to specify what action has been taken against the alleged perpetrators.

“This Sunday (yesterday) marked the second anniversary of the Wang Kelian mass grave discovery,” she told FMT.

“There seems to be no transparency on the arrests, investigations and prosecutions. So far we know that few foreign nationals were charged over their involvement in trafficking of the victims,” she added.

In May 2015, security forces found the site of a jungle camp used by human traffickers where 139 graves of victims, believed to be ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, were found near the Perlis border town of Wang Kelian. Read more