BY ZURAIRI AR
MAY 31 — Meet Wan Sulaiman Wan Ismail. The soft-spoken 54-year-old is a father of four from Ipoh, Perak who is rarely seen without a skullcap on his head. Read more
The Home Ministry says that local authorities may be complicit in causing the deaths of the people found buried in a mass grave in Padang Besar, Perlis. Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there was a possibility of this happening and that police were investigating the matter.
“We suspect some of them,” he said, when asked if human trafficking agents and enforcement officers could be in cahoots. Read more
KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Following the discovery of mass graves where hundreds of starved and tortured migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were buried at abandoned detention camps in Wang Kelian and Padang Besar, Malay Mail met up with Mohd Junaid Ahmad Mohd Yunus, 29, who made the perilous journey from Myanmar to Thailand by boat and by foot to Malaysia four years ago.
He recalls that Myanmar army personnel had warned that those living in his village would either end up dead or become slaves to human traffickers if they did not flee the country.
After surviving the human trafficking camp in Thailand, he was able to integrate into the Rohingya community in Malaysia.
Junaid is now a religious teacher involved with the Rohingya community residing nearby the Selayang Wholesale Market in Kuala Lumpur. Read more
HAKAM notes that for year 2012 to 2013, the US State Department found the Malaysian standard in combating human trafficking to have significantly dropped, but granted waiver from downgrading its Tier 2 (significant effort to comply with TVPA) to Tier 3 (no effort to comply with TVPA) . When no improvement was recorded, Malaysia was automatically downgraded to Tier 3 in 2014 . (see: US State Dept Report 2014)
Malaysia Makes Inroads In Battling Human Trafficking
By Kurniawati Kamarudin
Source: Bernama (2011)
KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — They are promised good paying jobs in another country but upon arrival they are sent to the sex trade against their will or forced labour in what is now considered as modern day slavery.
They are the victims of a highly organised crime known as human trafficking, now considered the third biggest cross border crime after drugs and weapons.
Human trafficking is a global problem that notably has been on the rise over the last decade. According to Amnesty International, since 2004 about 700,000 people have been trafficked annually for the sex trade alone.
However, it is most unfortunate that Malaysia is seen as a lucrative place by human trafficking rackets to carry out their activities.
MALAYSIA’S RECORD IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING
This had blemished the country’s reputation and efforts have been taken by the authorities to redeem the nation’s image.Nonetheless, the unwavering effort of the authorities have helped to improve the nation’s standing in the United State’s Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report compiled by the State Department to Tier 2** in 2010, an improvement from Tier 3 in the 2009.The TIP ranks individual nations based on conformity to the minimum standards set for efforts taken in combating human trafficking where Tier 1 indicating full compliance to Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), Tier 2 indicating significant efforts taken to comply with TVPA while Tier 3 denotes no efforts being taken to conform with TVPA. Read more
JAN 22, 2009 — Although denial is a common political strategy, it is still a terrible disappointment when used by our leaders — especially when their actions can curb violent crime and alleviate the suffering of many.
Last week, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee drew attention to the trafficking of migrants and refugees at the Malaysia-Thai border. They highlighted the shocking fact that Malaysian law enforcement officials are complicit in the “sale” of people to human smugglers/traffickers.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar denied this flatly, referring to them as “wild accusations”. To his credit, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi provided a more diplomatic reply, stating that the government did not tolerate such a practice and requested for information to be passed on for further action. Read more
A total of 139 grave sites and 28 human trafficking ‘death camps’ have been found in Perlis so far, outnumbering the discoveries of similar grave sites on the Thai side of the border.
The graves likely contain the remains of hundreds of Bangladeshi and Burmese Rohingya migrants at the centre of the current human trafficking crisis.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told Reuters that 139 graves had been found during the period May 11 – May 23, with one being just 100m away from the mass grave with 26 corpses discovered in Songkhla earlier this month.
After the Songkhla discovery, the Home Ministry had initially claimed that no such camps existed on the Malaysian side of the border. Read more
KUALA 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
BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)
IT was reported last week that several minors were arrested and kept overnight in a police lock-up arising out of the anti-GST demonstrations. Is this legal?
A child of 18 years and below must be treated differently from adults according to our Child Act 2001. Under our law, a child under 14 years of age cannot be imprisoned if convicted of a crime; those above 14 but below 18 cannot be imprisoned if there are other ways of dealing with the convicted offender. Read more
BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)
The police routinely arrest and detain suspects. To investigate crimes of all hues – theft, robbery, kidnap, murder, assault, drug trafficking, rape and such like.
But there is now a growing proliferation of a new range of suspects – members of NGOs and opposition parties, academics, and more recently, the high profile opposition parliamentarian – Nurul Izzah.
Their “crimes”? Participating in demonstrations, tweeting, making statements, speaking in Parliament.
Of course, offences are offences: assemblies must be lawfully convened and the notorious Sedition Act not violated – even it seems, in Parliament.
What is remarkable, however, is locking up these suspects for investigation and worse for “further investigation”. Some overnight; others for days. Read more
BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
“MEDICALLY, they (transgender people) are born as males but their instincts and emotions are like that of females,” says the head of the Council of Professors, Datuk Amin Jallaludin.
He should know – he is a medical doctor and presently the vice- chancellor of Universiti Malaya.
This buttresses the basis of the recent decision of the Court of Appeal that transgenders quite naturally act in accordance with their instincts and emotions – a condition described in undisputed medical evidence presented to the Court as a “Gender Identity Disorder” (GID). Read more