How to solve the Asian migrant boats crisis – expert views

Source: The Guardian

Migrants believed to have come from Burma and Bangladesh on an abandoned boat drifting in the Andaman Sea close. Photo: STR/EPA

Migrants believed to have come from Burma and Bangladesh on an abandoned boat drifting in the Andaman Sea close. Photo: STR/EPA

With up to 8000 desperate people – Rohingya Muslims from Burma and economic migrants from Bangladesh – stranded in boats in the Andaman Sea, experts call for an urgent regional, humanitarian response.

Between 6,000 and 8,000 refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants from Burma and Bangladesh are currently stranded in boats off the coasts of Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, with the governments of all three nations refusing to allow the boats to land. With reports of deaths on board and thousands more lives at risk, the Guardian asked a panel of experts how the crisis could be solved.

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After ministry denial, mass graves with hundreds of dead immigrants found in Perlis

Source: The Malay Mail Online

dreamstime_xxl_48839765reKUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — Police have discovered 30 mass graves in Perlis believed to contain hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi corpses, after the Home Ministry denied the existence of human trafficking camps in Malaysia.

Utusan Malaysia’s Sunday edition, Mingguan Malaysia, reported today that the graves were found mid-May in forests in Padang Besar and Wang Kelian, and are believed to be linked to the mass graves found previously in Songkhla, Thailand, from which Thai authorities had exhumed 26 bodies likely to be of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Read more

Why shoot the whistleblower? – Gurdial Singh Nijar

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Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

SOMETHING is clearly rotten in the state of our enforcement. The latest bizarre episode involves the declared intention by the inspector-general of police (IGP) to investigate the person who leaked the documents relating to the land deal by 1MDB to Tabung Haji. In other words the IGP wants to go for the person who blew the whistle.

But there is a law to protect whistleblowers, newly minted in 2010: the Whistleblower Protection Act. It is “to combat corruption and other wrongdoings by encouraging and facilitating disclosures of improper conduct in the public and private sector”. Once there is a disclosure of any wrongdoing then the IGP must protect the discloser; and investigate the complaint. Read more