MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE URGES HOME MINISTER TO ADDRESS ALLEGED ABUSE OF UNHCR CARDS IN MALAYSIA

CASSA APPEALS TO HOME MINISTER TO STOP THE ALLEGED ABUSE OF THE UNHCR CARDS IN MALAYSIA.

The UNHCR says that the purpose of identity cards or certificates issued by UNHCR is to provide refugees with a document that demonstrates their identity and refugee status to facilitate contact with official actors and reduce related protection risks, including detention.

We have no war against that.

But the pertinent question – are card holders being monitored regularly?

Are there periodic and regular follow up or in-depth investigation on those being offered those cards.

Are those given these cards really refugees?

Do these cards have expiry dates?

The reports of the abuse have been mounting over the years.

Questions have been raised whether identity cards or certificates issued by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees are being abused for human trafficking and the planned illegal resettlement of economic migrant candidates by cartels and others already in the country with huge monies exchanging hands.

Today based on CASSA surveys and observations among the majority of migrants to Malaysia are for resettlement and economic opportunities.

The excuse given is that they are vulnerable migrants seeking protection from violence, persecution and violations in their home country.

This cannot be accepted any longer and it is time that the Home Minister sets up a task force to look in-depth on the issuance of these cards, the growing arrival of foreigners under various pretenses, the growing colonies been set up all over Malaysia, as these arrivals come without any documents.

Here they speedily assisted by their local resettled conduits and cartels to take on names that reflect local Malay Muslims.

And once these cards are issued in these usually fake or planted names the first stage of the trafficking model is put into place.

Many speedily marry locals and using them for a spouse visa and for business ventures here.

I am certain our security apparatus can state the number of attempts to traffic in foreigners where they hide between the legs of women in arriving vans at the northern borders who are thickly attired and only caught when the back door of the vehicles are checked when many extra legs are seen under the dressings?

Others come by the ‘rat corridors and gaps within the borders’ or by boats which if unaddressed will become a major security problem for the nation.

According to whistle-blowers, the trafficking is very well organized by both local players, next of kin of arrivals and criminal gangs, brokers and cartels.

For now many have already been the reason why many eradicated pre and post-war communicable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, gastroenteritis, polio largely associated with poverty and underdevelopment are back in Malaysia.

Questions are now directed at the UNHCR whether they are acting in the best interest of Malaysia and our security when such cards are given?

Do they have a data base of those carrying these cards?

Are the UNHCR officials in regular contact with the card carrying population?

Are they monitoring the activities of those with cards to ascertain that none are indulging in activities that break Malaysian laws?

In the light of the growing arrivals, the abuse, the setting up of foreigner ghettos in various parts of the country, the communicable disease threat and more so with today’s Covid 19 pandemic!

Is it time that the UNHCR be directed not to issue any further cards pending a Home Ministry review of the matter.

Will the UNHCR provide the Home Ministry a data base of all card holders as well?

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