Don’t call them ‘illegal migrants’ – call them undocumented migrants

Don’t call them ‘illegal migrants’ – call them undocumented migrants

Illegal migrants – this is not right for there can be no human being that is illegal.

The correct…progressive phrase to use is ‘undocumented migrants’ – i.e. referring to migrants whose entry and presence in Malaysia have not been documented in accordance to law. Or maybe their documents that permitted stay is no longer valid. Or maybe, they just do not have any documents…

Their entry…or maybe their continued presence may be against the law – illegal, BUT that cannot make them illegal migrants. They could be migrants that have entered the country illegally, or who have stayed here illegally – but they should never be called illegal migrants.

Let us STOP calling them illegal migrants or immigrants – used the more dignified term, i.e. documented or undocumented migrants/immigrants. The other term used sometimes by the UN and ASEAN is ‘irregular migrants’, but I still prefer the term ‘undocumented migrants’.

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One’s going, one’s rising, but will the third go on to be number two?

One’s going, one’s rising, but will the third go on to be number two?

One’s going, one’s rising, but will the third go on to be number two? Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (centre), his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (left) and the man who wants to become the next deputy arrive together at Umno’s annual assembly venue, The Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur today. – Reuters pic

Ten tenets of a democracy



Democracy is much more than one man, one vote. It is a system of protection of everyone’s rights within the context of majority rule.

FOR our politicians, especially those already in power, democracy apparently means just one man, one vote every three or five years or whenever elections come, depending on which elections we are talking about.

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Robin Williams heart attack not because of David Letterman secret marriage



Robin Williams heart attack not because of

 David Letterman secret marriage

Robin Williams recovering from heart surgery

LOS ANGELES, March 24 – Oscar winner Robin Williams is expected to make a complete recovery from his recent heart surgery in the next two months and plans to resume…

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David Letterman secretly married

LOS ANGELES, March 24 – Late-night TV comic David Letterman has quietly married his long-time girlfriend, telling audience members of his show yesterday that he almost missed the ceremony because…

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Strippers lose grip on pole, fitness fans swing in

   Strippers lose grip on pole,

fitness fans swing in 


CHICAGO, March 24 — No corsets. No pasties. No thongs. No garters. And absolutely no nudity.

Can this really be the future of pole dancing?

The provocative, shaft-straddling burlesque technique popularised by Hollywood movies like “The Wrestler” and TV shows like “Desperate Housewives” is shedding its seedy image and making a play for respectability thanks to a new kind of dancer, drawn to the pole by the athleticism it requires as much as the sex appeal it exudes.

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U.N. reports say Israel targeted civilians in Gaza

U.N. reports say Israel targeted civilians in Gaza

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations investigators said on Monday Israel violated a range of human rights during its invasion of Gaza, including targeting civilians and using a child as a human shield.

Palestinians girls look out from the balcony of their damaged house in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip March 23, 2009. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

The accusations came in reports to the U.N. Human Rights Council which also called for an urgent end to Israeli restrictions on humanitarian supplies to Gaza and a full international investigation into the conflict.

“Civilian targets, particularly homes and their occupants, appear to have taken the brunt of the attacks, but schools and medical facilities have also been hit,” said one report by Radhika Coomaraswamy, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

The Sri Lankan human rights lawyer visited the region in early February. She cited a long series of incidents to back her charges.

In one, she said, Israeli soldiers shot a father after ordering him out of his house and then opened fire into the room where the rest of the family was sheltering, wounding the mother and three brothers and killing a fourth.

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KL revamps ‘second home’ programme

   KL revamps ‘second home’ programme 

KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 – Malaysia  plans to ramp up its second home programme to derive more economic spin-offs, noticeably in the area of investments and real estate, where nearly RM5 billion of the latter were sold to foreign applicants over the past five years.

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Jobless to topless

 Jobless to topless


As a bartender and trainer at a national restaurant chain, Rebecca Brown earned a couple thousand dollars in a really good week. Now, as a dancer at Chicago’s Pink Monkey gentleman’s club, she makes almost that much in one good night.

The tough job market is prompting a growing number of women across the country to dance in strip clubs, appear in adult movies or pose for magazines like Hustler.

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Suu Kyi detention breaks Myanmar law – UN body

Suu Kyi detention breaks Myanmar law –

UN body

  • First time detention found to be against Myanmar law
  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban urged to visit country

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) – A United Nations body has ruled the detention of Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal under the domestic laws of her own country, the former Burma, her lawyer said on Monday.

It was the first time the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found that the confinement of Suu Kyi, who has spent more than 13 of the last 19 years under house arrest, illegal under Myanmar law, said her lead attorney, Jared Genser.

“The Working Group requests the government to immediately release, without any condition, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi from her continued placement under house arrest,” said the ruling, issued in November but made public only this week.

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