New Procedure to Allow Migrants to Stay in Malaysia
14 January 2012 – KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Government has changed its procedure on migrants by allowing ‘exploited’ foreign labors including victims of human trafficking to work in the country.
Malaysian Deputy Home Minister, Datuk Lee Chee Leong, said the exploited foreign workers however must state their willingness to work, own a passport and secure permission to work by their country’s embassy.
“The previous procedure required all victims of exploitation to be sent back to their own country as soon as they were released from the protection centre, we however have changed the procedure to allow them to stay and work in the country.
“This is a latest move by the government to provide better protection for exploited foreign workers in the county,” he said to local publications.
Foreign migrants from several countries including Burma were exposed to exploitation with some of them being trafficked to work in sweat shops in the country.
Scared for being sent back or punished in their home country, many Burmese national workers are reluctant to make a report against their unscrupulous employers.
Reporting by Thomas Chong