End miseries of refugees

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See this to know how Burmese migrants are unfairly discriminated here in Malaysia even when compare with other foreigners_

According to Lim, the 30-year problem has reduced Sabahans into a minority in their own home state.

There has been serious allegations that illegal immigrants from neighbouring Philippines and Indonesia have been given identity cards by the authorities to enable them to vote in elections.

There are conflicting accounts from official and unofficial sources on the exact number of illegal immigrants in the state. Most, however, agree that the number is around 750,000.

The total number of foreigners, including illegal immigrants, in Sabah is estimated at 1.75 million.

As a result, foreigners outnumbered locals in the state, which has a total population of 3.3 million. Most of the working foreigners are employed in the construction and agricultural sectors.

Read also_the extracts from the letter to the Malaysiakini by Arianna May 23, 08_

Sabah illegals problem a national problem 

For over 30 years Sabah have been telling the federal leaders about the illegal immigrant problems in the state. It fell on deaf ears.

Many of the illegals are Filipino Muslims from the rebellious Mindanao region.

Sabahans have long know that Umno – especially under ex-premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad – ‘encouraged’ these illegals to settle in Sabah. Sabahans know about the Project M to recruit them . . .

Sabahans know many of these illegals now have MyKads and bumiputera status, the same as we Sabahans who are sons and daughters of the soil (natives).

Sabah electoral roll is littered with illegal voters under the Project M . . .For their numbers in Sabah are too numerous and of greater concern is the way they can easily obtain citizenship and MyKads.

But what every Sabahan Malaysian doesn’t understand is why Malaysians, especially the leaders, fail to see that the illegals in Sabah as a threat to the security of our country.

What Sabahans want to know is why Malaysians are treating this as ‘a Sabah problem’ when these MyKad-equipped illegals are robbing their rights as citizens.

 

End miseries of refugees

Malaysiakini news by S Pathmawathy  May 22, 08

Opposition parliamentarians and the Migration Working Group have urged the  government to put an end to ivy josiah 01the miseries and distraught faced by refugees seeking asylum in the country.
“Malaysia is in violation of international laws
although it has not acceded to international conventions if asylum seekers are not properly treated in the country,” said Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) director Ivy Josiah representing the Migration Working Group.

“As Malaysia has not yet enacted domestic laws that recognise, protect and assist asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons, they are treated as non-documented migrants, and are subject to arrest, prolong detention under difficult condition, whipping, imprisonment, and deportation to the Malaysia-Thai border,” said the Migration Working Group in a statement.   Continue reading