Detention in Malaysia: Bangladeshi recordsdata case for RM 1.four lakh compensation

A Bangladeshi migrant has sued the Malaysian immigration police demanding compensation of 1.four lakh ringgit for 2 weeks of illegal detention.

Moajjem Hossain, 30, filed the case with the Malaysian Excessive Courtroom on December 18, arguing that he had utilized to the immigration division for legalisation beneath a rehiring programme.

Abdul Aziz Ismail, a taskforce member of Selangor Anti-Human Trafficking Council that helped Moajjem file the case, says it's illegal if somebody is detained once they have already utilized for legalisation.

The migrant, working in Malaysia for the final three years, was charged with offences in opposition to Malaysia's immigration laws and detained on October 1 from his office in Kuala Lumpur although his employer had produced paperwork proving his innocence.

Abdul Aziz informed The Each day Star over cellphone that Moajjem's employer had written a letter to the police, requesting his launch, however the legislation enforcers refused. He then helped Moajjem with a lawyer to pursue the case, which led to his launch on October 15.

The lawyer filed the compensation case with the Malaysian Excessive Courtroom. It fastened January 15 for the defendant (police) to seem earlier than the court docket and repair date for trial, in accordance with Aziz.

The event got here when a number of thousand Bangladeshis, amongst different nationals, in Malaysia have been reportedly detained by the immigration police that started a large crackdown on September 1 as a two-year-old rehiring programme ended on August 31 final yr.

Many Bangladeshi migrants earlier informed The Each day Star that they'd paid hefty sums and utilized to the immigration division for regularisation of their work standing in useless.

In keeping with Abdul Aziz, many migrant employees registered beneath the rehiring programme, have been detained although rights teams demanded a contemporary likelihood for them, arguing that the rehiring programme launched by the earlier authorities was defective and riddled with corruption.

“They've been detained and arrested, however they've additionally paid an exorbitant quantity to be legalised. Their standing is hanging. They do not know if they are going to be rehired.”

Greater than 700,000 signed up for the programme, however solely barely greater than 110,000 have been efficiently registered by final August. The variety of Bangladeshis, who have been legalised, couldn't be recognized.

An undocumented overseas employee has to legally pay RM 1,134.52 to use for registration. Aziz reckons that the full assortment is greater than RM 845 million.

He stated it made no sense to declare somebody as an unlawful immigrant after taking cash from him. “It is daylight theft,” he commented.

He stated it was incorrect to punish overseas employees who overstayed when the fault lay with their employers.

“The employers are those answerable for the extension or renewal of their [workers] visas. So, why should the employees be punished for against the law they by no means dedicated?” Abdul Aziz questioned.

The target of the case is to inform the federal government to cease arresting and detaining migrants who had registered beneath the rehiring programme.

Detention in Malaysia: Bangladeshi recordsdata case for RM 1.four lakh compensation Detention in Malaysia: Bangladeshi recordsdata case for RM 1.four lakh
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