Special court for human trafficking cases to be established this year

Source: The Malaysian Insight

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Chief Justice Raus Sharif says the pilot project for a special court to deal with human trafficking cases will begin in Klang in May or June. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 12, 2018.

A SPECIAL court to deal with human trafficking will be established this year, with the first one in Klang, Selangor, said Chief Justice Raus Sharif.

The pilot project will begin in May or June while the others will be set up in phases in Ipoh, Melaka, Muar, Kota Kinabalu and Balik Pulau.

He said the special court, to be presided by a sessions court judge, will specifically hear and decide on human trafficking cases since statistics had shown a rise in such cases. Read more

More stateless children turned away from school

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Stateless children

Loh Wei Hun (back row, fourth from left) with parents and seven stateless children who were asked to show passports to enrol in school. Pic taken from FMT News

GEORGE TOWN: Seven stateless children gathered at the Penang Education Department yesterday to “beg” the authorities to let them go to school, but were told to get passports in order to be enrolled.

All seven children, aged between seven and 12, were born in Malaysia, with at least one of their parents being a Malaysian.

The situation came about despite clarification from the Immigration Department, denying it had issued such a directive, and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urging schools to admit such children. Read more