Suhakam praises cops for rescuing 18 from forced labour

Source: FMT News

It hopes more will be done to dismantle human trafficking syndicates operating in the country. Pic taken from FMT News.

It hopes more will be done to dismantle human trafficking syndicates operating in the country. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is obliged to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in the country under international law.

Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said this was so as Malaysia was a signatory to the ILO Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention 1999 (No 182).

It said this in response to news reports of the rescue of 18 people, including seven children, forced to work at an oil palm plantation in Hulu Perak.

While commending the police for their efforts, Suhakam wanted more to be done to dismantle more such human trafficking syndicates operating in the country.

“The Malaysian government must monitor and better regulate businesses to prevent child labour. MPs should unite to fight human trafficking,” it said in a statement today.

It said child labour and human trafficking included all forms of slavery, such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage and forced labour. Read more

Malaysia becoming death camp for migrant workers — Joshua Woo Sze Zeng

BY JOSHUA WOO SZE ZENG

The maltreatment of migrants has led to many deaths and brought disgrace to the country besides obstructing long-term economic progress.

The maltreatment of migrants has led to many deaths and brought disgrace to the country besides obstructing long-term economic progress.

The Nepalese embassy’s recent report of 461 deaths of its workers in 2015 is a 32% increase from the 348 deaths in 2014. That is an average of nine deaths per week. At this rate, Malaysia is becoming a death camp for migrant workers.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) in its “Review of Labour Migration Policy in Malaysia” has attributed the cause of the high fatality among migrants to “poor working conditions, high-levels of occupational stress and lack of adequate medical care.”

This is all the result of the Federal Government’s ineffective regulation of the welfare of foreign workers and its dubious migrant policy.

Incompetent migrant worker management

According to the World Bank, there are more than three million migrant workers in Malaysia. However, the protection and regulation of migration is substandard.

When reports emerged in 2012 of the more than 1,000 deaths of foreign workers in a year, the then Minister of Human Resources S Subramaniam denied the numbers without giving the official statistics nor proposing corrective measures. Four years have passed, and there is no action being taken.

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Indigenous peoples most marginalised, says Jaos

Source: Daily Express

Kota Kinabalu: Indigenous peoples in the country are among the most marginalised groups today due to the many gaps between the Federal Constitution and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the International Labour Organisation’s Convention No. 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ILO C169).

Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia (Joas) Secretariat Director, Jannie Lasimbang, said one of the most apparent gaps is the absence of any provision that safeguards the culture, traditional knowledge and language of indigenous people in the Constitution.

“In terms of land and natural resources, because we had so many experiences with regards to this issue, there have been a lot of improvement over the years. A lot more issues have been covered in the Constitution, but in terms of implementation, it is still not as beautiful as its theory,” she said. Read more