|Rela chief: Give us more power|
exclusive If he had his way, People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) director-general Zaidon Asmuni would like to see the body equipped with even wider powers than it now holds.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
|Worker's death exposes slave-like conditions|
The shocking torture and death of an Indian national allegedly at the hands of his employers in Malaysia has highlighted the lack of protection and support networks for migrant workers in this country.
Victims of trafficking
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
|Global rights watchdog: Disband Rela|
An international human rights watchdog said the Malaysian government should disband Rela (People's Volunteer Corps) on grounds of repeated complaints of abuse and unlawful behaviour towards migrant workers.
• (late March) Eight members of a team removed belongings worth RM1,800 from one dwelling and were detained on robbery charges
• (March 8) An officer detained an Indian immigrant with identification certifying his legal status. It took four days for the worker's employer to obtain his release from a detention camp for illegal immigrants.
• (March 6 and 7) Volunteers who were to have handed out flyers related to court orders helped a developer evict 50 families and tear down houses in Kampung Berembang. They operated bulldozers and were also alleged to have used excessive force.
• (March 2) 10 volunteers raided a factory in Jenjarom, Selangor, injuring two Nepalese workers and detaining eight others.
• (January 28) Rela raided in Kampung Sungai Merab, Denkil, resulting in the arbitrary arrest of 14 persons recognised as refugees by UNHCR.
“(They also) confiscate cell phones, clothing, jewelry, and household goods, before handcuffing migrants and transporting them to detention camps for ‘illegal immigrants’,” it stated.