Myanmar workers became victims of economic Tsunami



Myanmar workers became victims of economic Tsunami

Malaysian employers informing Myanmar workers that they were fired!

That’s all. No compensation? No room for appeal? As they are FOREIGNERS here, they were treated as sussessive Myanmar GOVERNMENTS have beeen treating not only the foreigners but the few generations of desendents of foreigners who could hold the citizenships under the democratic government of U Nu after independence but unceremonously revoked by ruthless military dictators.

I am writing this with the heavy heart, for those who lost their jobs and their families back home in Myanmar. Even my heart choked and my eyes are filled with tears. And they are just weak gender poor girls….

There is no country in the world exempt of discrimination. No matter how severe or how mild the ratio of discrimination is, no nation is free from it. Either for one circumstance or another, not all countries are capable of giving the importance and dedication this issue needs. Even though we are all consciously aware of this topic, there is still a long road to cross.

“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda… Our mission therefore is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will and must be defeated. Almost every country in the world suffers prejudice among its own people, either racial discrimination, xenophobia or religious intolerance.”

The importnce of overcoming misunderstandings and animosities between the people of different beliefs and cultural traditions is through peaceful dialogue and mutual respect.

  1. “Equality, justice, dignity” is the emblem that represents the goals of the Human Rights Committee. The comprehensive implementation of actions against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances is a very important topic because these forms of intolerances have been global issues since biblical times.

  2. For decades, thousands of people have been victims of discrimination, preferences and exclusions in view of their race, skin color, sex, religion, language, national or ethnic origin and form of expression, causing extreme suffering and even loss of life.

  3. Racial discrimination is the ability or power to make distinctions among people based on race, color, decent, national or ethnic origin rather than individual merit.

  4. Xenophobia is a fear of the foreign, of what is strange.

  5. Religious intolerance occurs when someone’s opinions and beliefs are not respected by others due to their religion or way of thinking.

  6. In extremely religious or less developed countries, sexism is practiced, and racial discrimination is not considered wrong. In addition, the methods of solving racism could not appeal to all countries. Lots of people believe that they have the right to segregate others and feel superior to them, just because they are different to what they are used to.

  7. “- – – today’s human rights violations are the causes of tomorrow’s conflicts.” by Mary Robinson, High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002).

  8. If we discriminate others as foreign because they, their race and religion are different to us, all the others could also look down and discriminate on us because we are also foreign to them! “Well, there are people who think that it’s right to do any thing in the name of their religion, their race, their family, or any organization to which they may belong.” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Please read back the following letter to the editor_

We are ‘foreigners’ too

WHILE “Help locals sort out job woes” (The Star, Jan 30) suggests a perfectly logical solution to reduce job layoffs in the country, I wonder if the writer has spared a thought for the thousands of Malaysians who work overseas.

As the current crisis is global, if the host countries of these Malaysians abroad were to adopt the policy of “systematic repatriation of foreigners” and “flushing out of illegals” as suggested, Malaysia would face double the problem when its citizens return home.

I am sure that both the general public and the business sector have by now realised that foreign workers are not to be blamed for the economic problems faced by the country.

There was a time when foreign workers were much needed, and rules were relaxed to bring them in. Jobs were available, but Malaysians did not want them and so they went to foreigners.

While realising the mistake is appropriate, it does not warrant the sudden and immediate repatriation of foreigners who have been working here. Sending them back without a second thought would be unethical.

Workers, both local and foreigners, and of any kind and level, are never such that they can be slotted into jobs at will.

The job must always go to the best candidate. Disregarding this basic principle of employment only causes more frequent and more severe crisis.

The manufacturing sector should seriously consider its shortcomings and look at how short cuts and cost-cutting have affected their ability to continue operating profitably.

My favourite brand of locally manufactured biscuits cost RM2.50 eight months ago. It is now RM4.50, an increase of 73%.

This hefty price increase, however, was not matched by improved quality. These biscuits now contain much more oil and salt, and the packaging reveals poor quality control. Although I would be willing to pay the higher price if the quality were maintained, I no longer buy these biscuits because they have become plainly unpalatable to me.

I could name many more products, both food and general household, which have followed the same trend.

I also believe that many other people refrain from buying not because they don’t have the money to do so, but because the quality is lacking.

Manufactures certainly cannot blame their employees, either local or foreign, for their failure to maintain standards.

As barriers are eliminated and the global economy moves faster, and more unpredictably, countries that choose to pursue policies of convenience will be those with the most uncertainty and the longest suffering.




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