The new slaves of Malaysia – C. R. Abrar

Source: The Star Online

BY C. R. ABRAR

News of reprehensible activities of cross border human traffickers has begun to resurface. Last Tuesday, the state news agency of Malaysia, Bernama, reported that in a raid in Taman Sungai Puyu in Penang, the police force rescued 27 Bangladeshi men who were victims of human trafficking.

The report also informs that three men, believed to be members of the trafficking syndicate, have also been apprehended. According to the local police, “The skinny and listless Bangladeshis aged between 20 and 40 were found in two houses that had been padlocked”.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the men had been locked up in the houses by the syndicate for the last two months, and were each given roti chanai a day and tap water to drink. Not surprisingly, they were subjected to torture if they tried to escape.

The most revealing part of the police account was: “All the foreigners are believed to have entered the country legally but the syndicate that had promised them jobs locked them up and intended to sell them off to their potential employers”.

The grisly exposure go on to enlighten that each of them were charged a certain fee to be brought into Malaysia, and they were sold off for RM 3,000 (Tk. 51,000) each to potential employers.

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Myanmar police nab 93 for trafficking offences

Source: The Malay Mail Online

In recent years tens of thousands of Rohingya have left, fleeing on often deadly voyages across the Bay of Bengal at the hands of ruthless people-smuggling and trafficking networks. — Reuters pic

In recent years tens of thousands of Rohingya have left, fleeing on often deadly voyages across the Bay of Bengal at the hands of ruthless people-smuggling and trafficking networks. — Reuters pic

YANGON, June 8 — Myanmar police have arrested more than 90 people for human trafficking offences this year, media reported today, but no cases have been uncovered in Rakhine state where persecuted Rohingya have fled in droves.

Police gave a breakdown of their anti-trafficking activities with 56 cases recorded between January and May, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported, citing police captain Min Naing.

The report added that police had made 93 arrests over the last five months.

“Most Myanmar victims were sold into forced marriages in China and forced labour in Thailand,” the report said. Read more

Kampung puyu, Satun dipercayai pintu masuk utama sindiket

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Anggota keselamatan meninjau kawasan kem pemerdagangan manusia di hutan sempadan Malaysia-Thailand, baru-baru ini. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 7 Jun, 2015.

Anggota keselamatan meninjau kawasan kem pemerdagangan manusia di hutan sempadan Malaysia-Thailand, baru-baru ini. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 7 Jun, 2015.

Kampung Puyu atau lebih dikenali sebagai Kampung Puju dalam kalangan rakyat Malaysia, dipercayai menjadi antara pintu masuk utama bagi sindiket pemerdagangan manusia membabitkan pelarian Rohingya dan pendatang Bangladesh.

Kampung ini terletak bersebelahan Kampung Syed Omar dan Bukit Bintang di Perlis dan dipisahkan hutan tebal Gunung Perlis yang juga menjadi kawasan sempadan Malaysia-Thailand.

Kampung Puyu yang majoriti penduduknya beragama Islam hanya boleh dihubungi melalui jalan laut yang mengambil masa kira-kira sejam setengah perjalanan daripada Kuala Perlis dan 30 minit daripada Jeti Tammalang, Thailand.

Difahamkan kampung ini akan dijadikan lokasi pertama bagi ‘mengurung’ pelarian selepas bot yang membawa mereka tiba di darat dari Lautan Andaman. Read more

Unwanted Rohingya migrants trapped in tussle between two nations

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary refugee camp near Kanyin Chaung jetty, outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 4, 2015. — Reuters pic

Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, collect rainwater during a heavy rain fall at a temporary refugee camp near Kanyin Chaung jetty, outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar June 4, 2015. — Reuters pic

MAUNGDAW, Myanmar, June 6 — Unwanted by Bangladesh and unwelcome in Myanmar, hundreds of stick-thin migrants found adrift at sea as a transnational trafficking route collapsed are now living in tents on a frontier scrubland.

After weeks crammed together on a boat bound for Malaysia — a treacherous journey many braved to flee persecution or poverty — they are back near to where they began. Read more

Masalah sempadan, perairan negara mudah dibolosi umpama ‘bom jangka’

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement personnels travel by its vessel during a drill before depart for search and rescue operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Boeing 777-200, in Tok Bali, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan on March 12, 2014. The Malaysian Insider/Najjua Zulkefli

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement personnels travel by its vessel during a drill before depart for search and rescue operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Boeing 777-200, in Tok Bali, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan on March 12, 2014. The Malaysian Insider/Najjua Zulkefli

Isu sempadan dan perairan negara yang mudah dibolosi pihak dan anasir luar boleh menjadi “bom jangka” terhadap keselamatan negara jika gagal ditangani segera, menurut penganalisis dan pakar aspek keselamatan.

Menurut mereka, kerajaan perlu mengkaji, mengambil pendekatan baharu dan membuat penambahbaikan terhadap kawalan keselamatan di sempadan seperti membina sekatan, benteng, pagar dan menggunakan teknologi terkini “drone” untuk pengawasan.

Naib Pengerusi Yayasan Pencegahan Jenayah Malaysia (YPJM) Datuk Kamaruddin Md Ali berkata langkah keselamatan di kawasan sempadan dan perairan negara dilihat tidak begitu berkesan selepas peristiwa pencerobohan pengganas di Lahad Datu, Sabah pada Februari tahun lepas. Read more