Rights abuse: Malaysians will be affected too, warns MP

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim today condemned the death of a maid who was allegedly abused by her employers, warning that if human rights are not protected for everyone, Malaysians too could fall victim to such acts.

Sim, whose staff were alerted to the situation by neighbours on Feb 10, said 21-year-old Adelina had been “totally deprived of basic human rights”.

“Even if we are not altruistic and do not care for foreigners, allowing gross human rights violations to go unchecked will eventually corrupt the system of protection not only for migrants but also for Malaysians.

“If someone can be subjected to workplace bullying, violence and even be tortured to death here in Malaysia, what makes us think that the next person will not be a Malaysian?” he said in a statement.

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After maid’s death, group demands law to protect migrant workers

Source: Malay Mail Online

GEORGE TOWN, Feb 12 — Malaysia must enact laws to safeguard migrant worker welfare, said Tenaganita today following a domestic worker’s death after allegedly being forced to sleep outdoors with a family’s dog.

Director of the rights advocacy group, Glorene Das, expressed her outrage today at the continued incidents of domestic worker abuse in Malaysia.

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Malaysia a ‘living hell’ for refugees, says report

Source: Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia cannot be considered a haven for refugees despite the government’s recent pledge to take in thousands of people fleeing the war in Syria, a US-based news portal reports.

In fact, Malaysia is a “living hell” for refugees, according to the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI).

“Based on my experience, I don’t think and I will never think that Malaysia is a good place for refugees,” MSRI counsellor Ronald Sutedja was quoted as saying by News Deeply.

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Adopted girl can’t go to school

Source: The Star Online

Picture of Darshana

No entry: Darshana standing outside the school opposite her home. Pic taken from The Star Online.

SEREMBAN: While many children started their classes last week, Darshana could only watch them from the school fence.

This is as far as she could go because under a new policy by the Immigration Department, she cannot attend school.

Darshana’s parents, who adopted her when she was just a few days old, are now in limbo.

B. Ganesan said his daughter was classified as a non-citizen and due to this, could not be enrolled in any school. Read more

Cops: Immigration staff worked with human traffickers

Source: The Malay Mail Online

More than 50 per cent of those manning Immigration counters at KLIA have been replaced. ― Malay Mail pic

More than 50 per cent of those manning Immigration counters at KLIA have been replaced. ― Malay Mail pic

PETALING JAYA, Dec 9 — More than 50 per cent of Immigration personnel manning Immigration counters at KL International Airport and klia2 were replaced in recent months following elements of sabotage in the Malaysian Immigration system (myIMMs).

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had, in a recent exclusive interview with Malay Mail, expressed concern over the episode which had since seen 37 Immigration personnel detained under the Secuity Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) and  Prevention of Crime Act (POCA).

There are some 1,500 Immigration staff working at the counters at both airports.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the home minister, said: “I am concerned about the integrity of those manning crucial positions, especially at the nation’s entry and exit points.

“At least 50 per cent front liners at KLIA and klia2 have been replaced.”

He said the move was necessary to beef up security at airports and eliminate any risk of sabotage in the future.

In addition to replacing staff, the Immigration Department would install 300 new facial recognition devices at airports and ports nationwide, as reported by Malay Mail on Wednesday. Read more

Immigration D-G: Those who badmouth Putrajaya can be stopped from leaving Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Sakib noted that it is a privilege to be able to have a Malaysian passport rather than a right. — AFP pic

Sakib noted that it is a privilege to be able to have a Malaysian passport rather than a right. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 ― There is a new ruling to stop Malaysians who ridicule the government from travelling overseas, Immigration Department director-general Datuk Sakib Kusmi said.

Sakib did not provide statistics on the number of Malaysians barred so far from travelling abroad for discrediting the government, but noted that it is a privilege to be able to have a Malaysian passport rather than a right.

“The Malaysian international passport is a travel document issued by the Government under the aegis of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.

“So, the government has the discretion to either issue, defer or revoke the travel document,” he was quoted saying in an email to local daily The Star.

He also confirmed that Malaysians have the right to go to court and challenge travel bans on them.

The government had first drawn up in 1995 a list of offences that would result in a temporary overseas travel ban of between two to 10 years, with such offences including those convicted of crimes locally or abroad, deliberate damage of passports and making unapproved visits to Israel. Read more

Ridicule Govt and you can be barred

Source: The Star Online

Pic taken from The Star Online

Pic taken from The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians who discredit or ridicule the Government in whatever way can be barred from travelling overseas for three years.

Those who disparage the Government while abroad will also be barred from travelling abroad again for three years upon their return.

A source said that the Immigration Department had enforced this ruling several months ago in a move to safeguard the country’s image.

“Anyone who runs down the Government or ‘memburukkan kerajaan’ in any manner will be barred from going abroad.

“Only the Immigration Department director-general will be authorised to look into their appeals,” he said, adding that the department would act once there was a request from enforcement agencies such as the police.

Immigration director general Datuk Sakib Kusmi, in an email reply to The Star, confirmed the existence of such a provision, adding that the ownership of a Malaysian international passport was a privilege and not a right. Read more