Allow refugees to work, says Amnesty Malaysia

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There's no need to bring in more migrant workers when there are already people seeking asylum in the country. Pic form FMT News.

There’s no need to bring in more migrant workers when there are already people seeking asylum in the country. Pic form FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Amnesty International Malaysia has urged Putrajaya to look at Rohingya refugees as a source of labour to address the shortage it claims the country is facing.

Its executive director, Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, said a wise government would weigh this option against the need to bring in more foreign workers.

“We should be looking at the Rohingya as a work source,” she told FMT. “They are already here. We already have them. Allow them to work.”

Shamini called for a change of mindsets so that the public would begin to see refugees as part of the Malaysian community.

“We need to start looking at them as people who can help our country grow, not as people who are here to steal our jobs. They are here because they don’t have anywhere else to go.” Read more

‘Sarawak native land ruling does not cover other states’

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Each region is governed by its own statutes, says former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram. Pic form FMT News.

Each region is governed by its own statutes, says former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram. Pic form FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The native communities of Sabah and the peninsular states remain unaffected by a recent Federal Court ruling that defeated a bid to enable the Dayaks of Sarawak to apply native customary rights (NCR) on virgin forests, according to a retired judge.

Former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram said the land laws were different for the three regions.

“The decision will not have a binding effect as Sarawak is governed by its land ordinance while Sabah and the states in Malaya are guided by their own statutes,” he said.

Last Dec 20, the Federal Court allowed the Sarawak Government’s appeal against a Court of Appeal decision that recognised “pemakai menoa” (territorial domains) and “pulau galau” (communal forest reserves) as NCR land.

The Court of Appeal had affirmed a 2011 High Court ruling in favour of Tuai Rumah Sandah and seven other landowners in Ulu Machan, Kanowit. Read more