In Malaysia, Syrian migrants speak of harrowing torture in Syria

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A Syrian man reads the Quran after a mass prayer session during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Harran refugee camp in Sanliurfa province, Turkey June 7, 2016. — Reuters pic

A Syrian man reads the Quran after a mass prayer session during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Harran refugee camp in Sanliurfa province, Turkey June 7, 2016. — Reuters pic

SHAH ALAM — It is hard for peace-loving Malaysians to imagine ceaseless war. But for a doughty bunch of Syrian migrants, it was all there for many years.

Thanks to the efforts of the Coalition of Humanitarian NGOs for Syria, 68 people are now settled in the country after being moved from one refugee camp to another since fleeing their conflict-ridden homeland.

The migrants were vetted by Home Ministry officials, who ensured they had no ties with the government of Bashar al-Assad, ISIS, the Free Syrian Army, or any other political faction in the civil war. Any connections, even the most remote, merited automatic disqualification.

Yet the adults of these 17 families will never forget the horrors they witnessed first-hand during the early years of the Syrian Civil War, which erupted in 2011.

Abdullah, 26, was a former military officer under the government of Syria’s strongman, who once worked in a four-storey prison where dissidents were subjected to torture. Sickened by what he saw, he eventually turned against al-Assad and fled with his wife Nur S., also 26.

“The most common method of breaking you was to tie your arms above your head and leave you in that position for 10 days. Either that or arms pulled and tied behind your back, or one arm and leg pulled back for that period,” he said, as some of his compatriots gestured in illustration. Read more

Is Malaysia taking Syrian refugees or migrants? – Aslam Abd Jalil

Source: The Malaysian Insider

BY ASLAM ABD JALIL

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made a very bold statement about taking Syrian refugees as part of Malaysia’s commitment to mitigate the world refugee crisis.

At the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly last October, he stated that Malaysia would do its share, and open its doors to 3,000 Syrian refugees over the next three years.

The first batch of two families of eight Syrian refugees arrived in Malaysia two months later.

Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, followed suit in helping the Syrian refugee children and women in Lebanon and Jordan, donating RM2.5 million on behalf of Global Children’s Wellbeing Fund (GCWF) and Welfare Association of the Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) this week. Read more

Special taskforce to screen entry of Syrian refugees, says home ministry

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat said among the security measures being taken by the government was to ensure these refugees were free from terrorism ideology and did not undermine national security. — Reuters pic

Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat said among the security measures being taken by the government was to ensure these refugees were free from terrorism ideology and did not undermine national security. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 — The screening of Syrian refugees to enter and be accepted into Malaysia will be conducted by a special taskforce in efforts to check militant and terrorist threats.

Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat said among the security measures being taken by the government was to ensure these refugees were free from terrorism ideology and did not undermine national security.

“A temporary migrants placement special taskforce headed by the Home Ministry and comprising various government agencies has been formed to ensure the implementation of this programme in line with the existing laws,” he said when winding up on the Supply Bill 2016 for his ministry in the Dewan Negara today.

He said the taskforce had set up tight security screening and vetting process to ensure the refugees did not bring in any beliefs and ideologies on terrorism that has spread throughout the world. Read more