Tenaganita Statement on Crackdown of Migrants in Malaysia (5 August 2013)


 The Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s assertions that the Malaysian government needs to launch a ‘massive operation’ on undocumented migrants in order to address  the increase of “crime, drugs, prostitution and other illegal activities that may cause a threat to the country’s security” is as malicious as it is misleading, as his Deputy, Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar reported in Parliament on the 8th of July 2013 that only one percent (1%) of crimes in the country were committed by foreigners[1]. When 99% of crimes are perpetrated by Malaysians, why is the Home Minister expending the energy & limited resources of the enforcement agencies to hunt down migrants who have come to our country to work for us? Are migrants being used, yet again, as scapegoats by the State? Continue reading

Uphold human rights and justice. End the violence. Peacefully resolve the Sabah standoff now.

Uphold human rights and justice. End the violence.

Peacefully resolve the Sabah standoff now.

Statement of the International Migrants’ Alliance on the Sabah standoff

March 12, 2013

We in the International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) call on both the Philippine and Malaysian governments to immediately cease from any militaristic pursuits to resolve the Sabah standoff and instead sit down for a dialogue to peacefully and justly settle the crisis.

The crisis has seen 61 people killed and several others injured. It has also caused an escalation in cases of arrest, detention and deportation of many undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia, particularly those in Sabah. According to news reports, more than 300 Filipinos have already been deported since the start of the standoff. Not only layoffs of Filipinos have been reported but also allegations of abuse and ostracism of Filipino deportees by Malaysian authorities. Some families in the occupied village have also been displaced. Continue reading