CONSUMERIST: REFUGEE DEAL PROFOUNDLY EMBARRASSING!

Dato Jacob George

‘I must remind Chris Bowen that the High Court judgment was just not a ‘profoundly disappointing’ one as he claimed but believe me, a profoundly embarrassing one for both Australia and Malaysia in the eyes of the international community!

Most damming was that it was told that Immigration Minister Chris Bowen had no legal power to remove from Australia asylum seekers whose refugee claims had not yet been processed.

Perhaps Chris should tender in his resignation  now as he undertook something which the courts found he had no legal authority to do?

Someone once again royally screwed up and did not do their homework which has left two nations in an embarrassing position!

More so, when Malaysia prematurely has already begun sending registered refugees to Australia, and this court decision leaves hundreds in legal limbo!

In my country, we call it PADAN MUKA!’ – Dr Jacob George

Malaysia and Australia sign refugee exchange agreement

CONSUMERIST: REFUGEE DEAL PROFOUNDLY EMBARRASSING!

I was not the least surprised that Australia’s High Court has ruled a government plan for a refugee “swap” with Malaysia was unlawful!

For the record and under the deal, Australia would have sent 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia and would have received 4,000 refugees in return over four years.

But the Australian High Court ruled that Malaysia did not offer adequate protection for refugees in law, in what correspondents called a “huge blow” to both governments.

Not mentioning the verdict was utterly damming!

Australia’s Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said he was deeply disappointed.

Minister Chris Bowen who was paraded here in Malaysian news both electronic and print smiling and full of cheer now looking pretty stupid but he still had the audacity to say:

“Let’s make no bones about it: Today’s decision by the High Court is a profoundly disappointing one,”

I must remind Chris that it was just not a profoundly disappointing one but believe me a profoundly embarrassing one for both Australia and Malaysia in the eyes of the international community!

The court’s ruling was praised by refugee advocates – and I am advised by colleagues in the legal and enforcement fraternities in Australia and diplomatic circles that there are reports that asylum seekers held at Australia’s detention center on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean clapped when they heard of the judgement.

A second slap across the face I must add!

Actually from the onset this was a ‘political charade’ and the “Malaysian Solution” was intended to deter asylum seekers and the people smugglers who sell them passage to Australia – as well as combat perceptions that the Labor government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard was soft on asylum seekers!

It is now obvious and concurs with legal opinion and advice given by consumerists, legal and diplomatic fraternities that in a 5-2 ruling, the High Court accepted the argument made by lawyers for two Afghan asylum seekers that the exchange was illegal as Malaysia, which is not a signatory to the UN convention on refugees, offered inadequate legal protections for asylum seekers.

It said Australia would fail to meet its international obligations under the terms of the deal.

Something perhaps, some countries around the world who control their judiciary have no knowledge of?

Most damming was that it was told that Immigration Minister Chris Bowen had no legal power to remove from Australia asylum seekers whose refugee claims had not yet been processed.

Will Chris Bowen now resign?

Someone once again royally screwed up and did not do their homework which has left two nations in a profoundly embarrassing position!

More so, when Malaysia prematurely has already begun sending registered refugees to Australia, and this court decision leaves hundreds in legal limbo!

In my country, we call it PADAN MUKA!
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