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Waiting for action

October 12, 2019

In the Buku Harapan, the manifesto of the present government elected in May 2018, there is the promise of the right to work for refugees. Since then, an Independent Committee of the Management of Foreign Workers has collected information from a wide range of stakeholders, including refugees and migrant workers, and has submitted a report to Cabinet early in 2019. We are part of the coalition which submitted the report 'Towards a Comprehensive National Policy on Labour Migration for Malaysia'. But nothing has happened. What is the government waiting for? Every day which passes is another day of uncertainty and potential misery for the millions of undocumented migrant workers, and another day of limbo for all refugees and their families. It is another day of joy for modern day slavers and human traffickers. How long do we need to wait before our government does the necessary and protects people by recognising basic rights? It is a win-win situation, so what is the hold up?

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