Malaysian NGO members hold placards outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur on May 21, 2015. Malaysians in general want to help the migrants but are split on how exactly help should be extended, a poll shows. ― AFP pic
KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — Malaysians are actively discussing the ongoing Rohingya boat crisis on Twitter and keen on helping the migrants who have been adrift on Southeast Asia’s seas over the past few weeks, but are split on how exactly help should be extended, according to an analysis by research firm Politweet.
A sampling of 418 active users of the microblogging site over May 7 to 22 found that an overwhelming 85.89 per cent want the refugees to be rescued, though they suggested solutions that fell into seven different categories.
Of those for saving the Rohingya, 128 or 30.62 per cent believed that Malaysia should rescue the refugees predominantly on humanitarian grounds, followed by religious reasons. Read more →
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 →
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 →
FILE – In this Tuesday, May 26, 2015 file photo, a human jaw is photographed near an unmarked grave in Wang Burma at the Malaysia-Thailand border outside Wang Kelian, Malaysia. Malaysian forensic teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave at an abandoned camp on Tuesday that was used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim findings as they combed through a cluster of jungle camps on the border with Thailand. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)
SATUN (Thailand) : Kampung Puyu here or known as Kampung Puju by Malaysians is believed to be one of the main entry points for human trafficking syndicates bringing Rohingya and Bangladeshi immigrants into the country. This village is located next to Kampung Syed Omar and Bukit Bintang in Perlis and separated by the dense forest at Gunung Perlis, which is also along the Malaysia-Thailand border.
The Muslim-majority village can only be accessed by sea, a one-and-a-half hour journey from Kuala Perlis, Malaysia and 30 minutes from the Tammalang jetty in Satun. Bernama learnt that the village is believed to have been used as the first location to house victims of human trafficking syndicates right after boats carrying refugees reached the Andaman Sea shore on the Thai side.
The route starts from Kawthaung (Myanmar) to Ranong (Thailand)-Phuket-Phang Nga-Krabi-Trang to the final destination at Satun before the migrants are smuggled into Malaysia. Many people are wondering how the Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi immigrants are able to enter Malaysia and where they were housed before being ‘sold’ in the black market. Read more →
KUALA LUMPUR: About 100 people gathered at Sogo shopping complex here to protest against sexual crimes and violence following the acquittal of a 60-year-old man accused of raping a minor.
Bunya Jalong, who fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl, was acquitted of rape despite DNA tests proving that the child was his, after claiming that he had impregnated her by inserting his semen-smeared finger.
He claimed that he never penetrated her and that was the basis of his acquittal.
The protest, called the #Hentikan Rogol# or Stop Raping Our Children, saw about 100 protesters who were clad in orange to signify a bright future for women and children free from sexual violence gathering outside Sogo shopping complex here at about 3.45pm yesterday. Read more →
A policeman carries plastic bags containing human remains exhumed from graves dug around human trafficking camps near to Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian, Perlis. The skeletal remains of 99 victims of human trafficking have been found. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, June 7, 2015.
The skeletal remains of 99 victims of human trafficking syndicates have been found and brought out from the graves found in the jungles here so far.
As at 5:25pm today, 30 skeletons were found in 31 graves and taken out from a gravesite in Bukit Genting Perah via Felcra Lubuk Sireh.
Perlis Police Chief SAC Shafie Ismail, when contacted, confirmed that the skeletal remains of 30 victims were taken out from the Bukit Genting Perah site, but could not provide further details. Read more →