25th June 2024: SCMP – Malaysia’s upgrade in US human trafficking index decried as ‘disappointing’ amid migrant worker woes

Malaysia’s upgrade in US human trafficking index decried as ‘disappointing’ amid migrant worker woes

25th June 2024: SCMP – Malaysia’s upgrade in US human trafficking index decried as ‘disappointing’ amid migrant worker woes (includes my comments and immediate critical response)

Malaysia’s upgrade in a US human trafficking list was on Tuesday condemned as “disappointing” by rights advocates, who say the chaos that unspooled as hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi migrantsrushed to the Southeast Asian nation spotlights a system still riddled with corruption and labour abuses.

Activists question the ‘accuracy’ of the State Department report, saying more needs to be done to address labour abuses plaguing the country’s factories

    Original Source: SCMP by Hadi Azmi and Aidan Jones – 25th June 2024

    Since January last year vast numbers of Bangladeshi migrants have travelled to Malaysia to fill legitimate government-issued job quotas. But on arrival many found the work non-existent and were dumped into unemployment and debt, or duped into illegal and poorly paid jobs which activists say amounted to large-scale human trafficking.

    Yet late on Monday, the US State Department took Malaysia off its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Tier 2 watch list, a continued upgrade (to Tier 2) after being relegated to the lowest (Tier 3) in 2021 for widespread migrant labour abuses inside factories and plantations.

    The annual TIP report issued by the US State Department, ranks governments based on their efforts to acknowledge and combat human trafficking and remains one of the few global indices with teeth as it can trigger US sanctions for the worst offending nations.

    Upgrading Malaysia to Tier 2, the report said the country had yet to meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but had “demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared with the previous reporting period” to do so, including through trafficking probes and convictions of criminals and corrupt public officials.

    But migrant advocates were swift to decry the apparent reprieve for Malaysia by the influential US ally.

    The “upgrade is disappointing and raises genuine concern about the legitimacy and accuracy of the US government’s country-based human trafficking assessments,” migrant activist Andy Hall said.

    ‘The US State Department is noticing our efforts and are acknowledging it; seems the only one who isn’t happy with our new rating is Andy Hall,’ Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said today, referring to a long-time human rights activist from the UK – Malay Mail 25th June 2024: Home minister sees good things for Malaysian businesses after upgrade to US trafficking ranking

    My immediate response in full, attributable to Andy Hall, independent migrant worker rights specialist, 24th June 2024 

    Based on years of unsuccessful engagement with the Malaysian government on cases of alleged human trafficking and forced labour, surely like many other civil society actors in the region, I strongly disagree with today’s Tier 2 upgrade from Tier 2 Watch List for Malaysia in the 2024 U.S. Department of State’s TIP (trafficking in persons) Report. I have long concluded that a failed migrant work management and recruitment system continues to exist in Malaysia that promotes impunity, is devoid of the rule of law and is systemically corrupt. There is little to no accountability for this dire situation, and no remediation at all of its victims. Malaysia’s systemic inability to meaningfully combat labour trafficking, ensure remediation of victims and accountability of perpetrators indeed warranted its immediate downgrade today to Tier 3 in the 2024 U.S. Department of State TIP Report. Today’s upgrade for Malaysia is disappointing and raises genuine concern about the legitimacy and accuracy of the U.S. governments country based human trafficking assessments, and the politics involved in the U.S. governments ranking decisions.

    The flaws in the migrant recruitment process partly-run by criminals showed a system which allows impunity for corrupt actors who anchor the multibillion-dollar labour supply chain between Bangladesh and Malaysia, he added.

    In April, a panel of UN rights experts said the conditions of Bangladeshi migrants were “unsustainable and undignified” warning that “certain high-level officials” in both Malaysia and Bangladesh “are involved in this business or condoning it.”

    “This is unacceptable and needs to end,” the experts said.

    The Malaysian public was left stunned at the end of May as thousands of migrant workers from Bangladesh crushed into Kuala Lumpur’s International airport to beat a hard deadline for new labourers to enter.

    But many more were shut out from being able to work in the Southeast Asian country and send millions of dollars in crucial remittances, despite paying exorbitant fees to agents for visas.

    There are renewed fears of similar chaos and exploitation when the job quotas reopen, after the same company – Bestinet Foreign Worker Management System (FWCMS) – which has steered the system for the last six years was awarded another three-year contract.

    Migrant activist Adrian Pereira at the North-South Initiative in Kuala Lumpur said despite the TIP upgrade, the Malaysian government still has to sort out other “blunders” in how it handles migration.

    Successive Malaysian administrations have refused to adopt proposals made by the Independent Committee on the Management of Foreign Workers that was filed by a committee of former judges, lawyers and other experts as early as 2019.

    “They refused to adopt the recommendations, meaning either the politicians or the civil servants were conniving to ensure the status quo,” Pereira said.

    He added that such a status quo can no longer be allowed to stand, saying that migrant workers are getting smarter in capturing evidence of their mistreatment and more lawyers and organisations are stepping up to defend them to get justice.

    “[Anwar Ibrahim’s administration] has to take it seriously, they can’t think that they can do business as usual,” Pereira said.

    The Malaysian government through its home ministry welcomed the upgrade, calling it a “very significant” recognition of its effort against human trafficking.

    “This success is the result of the efforts of various stakeholders who also made meaningful contributions and continue to succeed in the agenda of combating human trafficking in Malaysia,” the ministry said in a statement.

    Background Reading:

    See also Malay Mail 25th June 2024: Home minister sees good things for Malaysian businesses after upgrade to US trafficking ranking

    The Star 25th June 2024: Malaysia will strive to reach Tier 1 in Trafficking In Persons report, says Saifuddin

    Scoop 25th June 2024: Nation’s improved Tier 2 human trafficking ranking ‘dangerously misleading’, says activist

    See also MALAYSIAKINI 25th June 2024: M’sia doesn’t deserve Tier 2 in US human trafficking ranking – activist

    Daily Star 26th June 2024: Rights activists criticise Malaysia’s improved ranking

    See also Benar News 24th June 2024: Malaysia advances in US State Dept’s world rankings for anti-human trafficking efforts

    See also FMT 24th June 2024: Malaysia upgraded to Tier 2 in US human trafficking report

    See also Benarma 25th June 2024: Malaysia upgraded to Tier 2 in U.S. TIP Report

    See also Focus Malaysia 25th June 2024: Migrant workers’ activist – Malaysia doesn’t deserve Tier 2 upgrade in 2024 US human trafficking report

    See also 25th June 2024: Home Ministry welcomes country’s Tier 2 upgrade on Trafficking in Persons 2024 report

    See also FMT 25th June 2024: Home ministry open to working with NGOs against human trafficking

    See also Star 25th June 2024: Malaysia upgraded to Tier 2 in latest Trafficking in Persons report

    24th June 2024 Exclusive Analysis: CNA – Extension of Malaysia’s controversial migrant labour ecosystem (involving BESTINET) a blow to PM Anwar’s reform agenda 

    See New Strait Times 24th June 2024: Malaysian Government Forms Committee to Review Terms of Bestinet’s 3 Year Extension

    FMT 24th June 2024: Bestinet contract extended, confirms Saifuddin – ‘Home minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail says the Cabinet decided in principle on the extension ‘several weeks ago’.

    Malay Mail 24th June 2024: Home Minister – Bestinet keeps foreign worker system contract for three more years, but with stricter terms

    Bernama News 24th June 2024: Committee set up to Peruse Terms and Conditions of BESTINET Contract

    FMT 24th June 2024: Bestinet to surrender control of workers management system under new deal

    FMT 24th June 2024: Bestinet should be phased out eventually, says ex-MP

    Malaysianist 18th June 2024: Minting money from a migrant services monopoly (click to subscribe for full article)

    9th June 2024 Daily Star – Labour Recruitment from Bangladesh to Malaysia: Syndicate wins, migrants suffer, country loses(excellent summary how bad triumphed, carnage resulted – Bangladesh and Malaysia MUST be downgraded to Tier 3 in the upcoming U.S. TIP report!)

    Dhaka Tribune 11th June 2024: Deadline extended for Malaysia migration hurdle complaints

    Business Standard 11th June: Unrest within Baira over Malaysian labour market, ruckus in AGM as committee members assaulted 

    Observer 9th June 2024: Around 2,900 complaints lodged by deprived Malaysia-bound migrants

    Malaysianist 6th June 2024: The fat cat ruling the Malaysian migrant services roost(allegations of systemic corruption involving Malaysia’s migrant worker management systems – click to subscribe)

    Business Standard 5th June 2024: Govt to take action over failure in sending workers to Malaysia: PM Hasina

    4th June 2024 Daily Star (Op Ed): Break the syndicates, not the dreams of Malaysia-bound workers

    SCMP 4th June 2024 – In Malaysia, business and human rights must go hand in hand, UN rights chief says in KL press conference against backdrop of systemic migrant worker abuses

    New Straits Times 4th June 2024: Human rights-centric practices essential for foreign investment, says UN

    4th June 2024 Business Standard: NHRC orders probe into alleged embezzlement of Tk150cr from Malaysia-bound workers

    4th June 2024 Business Standard: 47,809 Bangladeshis flew to Malaysia in May – highest since labour market reopened in 2022

    Daily Sun 3rd June: IRREGULARITIES IN MIGRATION TO MALAYSIA – Recruiting agencies never made accountable(good historical summary)

    Business Standard 4th June 2024:Dhaka-20, Feni-2 MPs deny allegations of involvement in embezzling money from Malaysia-bound workers

    SCMP 3rd June 2024: ‘Nothing left for me’ as thousands of Bangladeshi workers lose everything in failed bid to work in Malaysia

    Daily Star Editorial 3rd June 2024: Must our migrants pay the price every time?

    Prothomalo 3rd June 2024 – Bangladesh Labour market: Hapless workers lose all vying to go to Malaysia

    Daily Sun 3rd June 2024: IRREGULARITIES IN MIGRATION TO MALAYSIA: Recruiting agencies never made accountable

    FMT 3rd June 2024: 17,000 Bangladeshi workers stranded, Dhaka pleads for time

    Daily Star 3rd June 2024: 16,970 Bangladeshis failed to reach Malaysia for mismanagement, more destitution and modern slavery will result

    Daily Star 3rd June 2024 – Bangladeshi Migrant Worker Exploitation and Malaysian Labour Market Alleged Criminal Syndicate: The agencies picked by KL to blame, Bangladesh tells UN OHCHR

    Daily Star 2nd June 2024: Controversial recruitment system to stay 3 more years

    Daily Star 2nd June – Jobs in Malaysia: Mismanagement left over 3k workers with no ticket to KL

    Daily Star 1st June 2024: Must history repeat itself with the Malaysian labour market’s alleged criminal syndicate trafficking Bangladeshi migrant workers for forced labour

    MALAYSIAKINI June 1st 2024: Controversial worker management system BESTINET gets new lease, sources say

    1st June 2024 Kalerkantho: Malaysia’s dream ends in deprivation for Bangladeshi migrant workers of criminal syndicate

    FMT 31st May 2024: Expect Bangladeshi workers to be stranded and at high risk of modern slavery following Malaysian migration management deadline rush, warns activist

    SCMP 31st May 2024: Malaysians shocked by thousands of Bangladeshis crowding at airport to beat deadline for legal work, as UN and activists warn of increased modern slavery risks

    CNA 31st May 2024: Over 30,000 workers set to miss deadline to enter Malaysia even as officials clear backlog at KL airport

    Prothomalo 31 May 2024 – Bangladesh – Malaysia’s labour market: Repeated syndicates, repeated closure

    Prothomalo 31st May 2024: Bangladesh – Thousands of people crowded Dhaka airport without flight tickets to go to Malaysia

    31st May 2024 FMT: Govt reaffirms commitment to protect migrant workers’ rights to UN

    31st May 2024: The closure of the labor market in Malaysia has shattered the dreams of 31,000 workers

    Daily Star 31 May 2024 – Recruitment in Malaysia: Syndicate siphons over $1b out of Bangladesh

    Daily Sun 31st May 2024: Biman sends 2,000 migrant workers to Malaysia

    Business Standard 31st May 2024: Malaysia-bound workers scammed, stranded at Dhaka airport as deadline set to expire today

    Daily Star 30th May 2024: Manpower syndicates beyond Dhaka-KL control

    30th May 2024: Comment by Andy Hall, independent migrant worker rights specialist, on ongoing migrant worker management crisis in Malaysia and at KLIA airport today, Bangladeshi workers at high risk of modern slavery

    CNA 30th May 2024: ‘Congestion’ at KL airport as employers scramble to bring in thousands of migrant workers before deadline

    MALAYSIAKINI 30th May 2023: ‘Migrants influx at KLIA due to employers chasing deadline’

    30th May 2024 Benar News: Malaysia’s labor market closed – Migrant workers flock to airports in all countries

    29th May Daily Star: Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia – Hiring begins with bribery (UN independent experts say Bangladeshi workers pay up to 8 times for migration alone due to corruption of Malaysia ministries, Bangladesh mission and syndicates)

    29th May Daily Star: Airfare to Malaysia surges fivefold

    FMT 28th May 2024: Malaysia yet to respond to UN concerns on alleged criminal syndicate trafficking Bangladeshi migrant victims for forced labour in the country(with my full statement included)

    For Immediate Release 27th May 2024: Statement by Andy Hall, Independent Migrant Worker Rights Specialist, on today’s public release of UN OHCHR’s unanswered urgent appeal communications to the Malaysian and Bangladeshi Governments 

    30th May Star: Cyclone smashes Bangladeshi workers’ hopes, extension requested

    Channel News Asia 25th May 2024: Malaysia’s bid to revamp hiring of foreign workers through controversial BESTINET process faces pushback; activists say country’s reputation at stake

    22nd May 2024: UN expert – Malaysian law enforcement mixing up human trafficking, migrant smuggling – “What steps has Malaysia taken to investigate alleged complicity of public officials in human trafficking?’’

    20th May 2024 FMT: Duped Bangladeshi workers won’t impact Malaysia’s US Human trafficking report ranking, says HR Minister Sim

    Malay Mail 17th May 2024: Pengerang employer to face Labour Court in Malaysia after failing for months to pay Bangladeshi workers’ wages over RM1m (government statements and my comments included – months on, court agreed mediation settlement unforced, workers allegedly remain in situation akin to acute modern slavery)

    16th May 2024: Firm that left over 700 Bangladeshi workers to dry in Pengerang facing possible prosecution (months on, court agreed mediation settlement unforced, workers allegedly remain in situation akin to acute modern slavery)

    14th May 2024: FMT – Activists warn of US trafficking report downgrade for Malaysia amid UN criticism

    May 10th 2024 The Star: Malaysian Government responds to OHCHR, IOM, ILO and UNODC joint condemnation on alleged Bangaldeshi migrant worker criminal syndicate by pledging to set up special unit handling migrant workers’ grievances, says HR Minister Sim

    9th May 2024: Study: 96% of Bangladeshi workers going to Malaysia fall into recruitment debt– The study also said that 82% had two or more loans and 73% of workers spent at least 50% to 100% of their monthly salary to repay recruitment debts

    4th May 2024: UN agencies concerned over Bangladeshi workers stranded in Malaysia – Joint Statement of ILO, IOM and UNODC on Alleged Criminal Syndicate Trafficking Bangladeshi Workers for Forced Labour in Malaysia

    24th April 2024: Address plight of duped Bangladeshi migrant workers in Malaysia in response to UN warning, govt told (more on the ongoing saga of an alleged criminal syndicate trafficking Bangladeshi migrant workers for forced labour in Malaysia)

    19th April 2024: UN (OHCHR) Statement on Alleged Criminal Syndicate Trafficking Bangladeshi Workers for Forced Labour in Malaysia – ‘Malaysia: Bangladeshi workers must be protected from exploitation and criminalisation, say UN experts’

    FMT 19th April 2024: UN experts sound alarm over plight of duped Bangladeshi migrants in Malaysia

    For more on Andy Hall’s complaint to the OHCHR see 30th Oct 2023: FMT: Andy Hall refers stranded Bangladeshi workers’ plight in Malaysia to UN Human Rights Council

    See Daily Star 23rd Apr 2024: Bangladesh Plight of Migrant Workers – Bangladesh, Malaysia working group meeting likely in May

    See Daily Star Editorial 23rd Apr 2024: When even legal migrants suffer – Workers migrating to Malaysia legally deserve better protection 

    Business Standard 23rd April 2024: Expat Ministry reviews UN complaints on Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia

    Prothomalo 23rd April 2024: Bangladesh – Ministry reviewing allegations over Malaysia labour market

    BenarNews Malay Language: Pakar PBB gesa Malaysia tangani layanan buruk diterima pekerja Bangladesh (UN expert urges Malaysia to handle bad treatment received by Bangladeshi workers)

    Daily Star 19th Apr 2024: UN experts express dismay over situation of Bangladeshi migrants in Malaysia

    FMT 19th Apr 2024: PSM, news portal set aside order to stop debate on migrant workers’ plight

    Daily Star Editorial 17th April 2024: Save our migrants in Malaysia (more on the crisis caused by an alleged criminal syndicate trafficking Bangladeshi workers for forced labour in Malaysia)

    9th April 2024 The Star – Bangladeshi victims of criminal syndicate trafficking worked for forced labour in Malaysia: ‘Cops after workers, not rogue employers

    7th April 2024: SCMP – As Malaysia’s door closes on low-paid migrant workers, companies scramble for staff (and a systemically corrupt migration management and recruitment policy, devoid of the rule of law and leading to impunity and gross exploitation, is revealed)

    6th April 2024 Daily Star: A hostel of nightmares for Bangladeshi migrants allegedly trafficked by criminal syndicate for forced labour in Malaysia (and Daily Star Op Ed)

    Daily Star Editorial 6th Apr 2024: What will happen to migrants abandoned in Malaysia?

    26th March 2024: The Star – Freeze on foreign workers hiring quota in Malaysia stays for now, says HR Minister (with estimated 200,000+ surplus foreign workforce victims facing destitution and abuse)

    25th March 2024: Bangladeshi workers (alleged victims of criminal syndicate trafficking Bangladeshi workers for forced labour in Malaysia) claim being coerced into withdrawing police and labour complaints

    Daily Star 25th Mar: Malaysia employer framed Bangladeshi workers

    Daily Star 24th Mar 2024: Jailed in Malaysia – 3 Bangladesh workers released

    Editorial Prothomalo 24th Mar 2024: Malaysian labour market – Take action against the fraud syndicate

    FMT 23rd March 2024: PSM calls on Sim to look into arrest of Bangladeshi workers

    MALAYSIAKINI 23 Mar 2024: Stranded foreign workers (alleged victims of criminal syndicate trafficking Bangladeshi workers for forced labour in Malaysia) nabbed after labour complaints against employer

    23rd March 2024 The Star: Half a million vulnerable and irregular foreign workers disappear from Malaysia’s migrant worker regularization programme as deadline looms in one week

    23 Mar 2024 The Star: Verification rate lags as RTK 2.0 deadline approaches

    22nd March 2024 Malay Mail: Home minister – Over RM9m in fines collected so far through migrant repatriation programme

    22nd March 2024 Protomalo: Malaysian labour market set to be closed again due to syndication

    20th March 2024: 93 duped/detained Bangladeshi migrant workers in Malaysia have jobs now, says immigration DG

    20th Mar 2024 Business Standard: Bangladeshi workers’ plight in Malaysia: Coalition of migration orgs demand action against recruiting agency syndicate

    19th March 2024: FMT – Plantation firms wary of ‘forced labour’ concerns in hiring 200,000 surplus foreign workers/criminal syndicate victims in Malaysia, says minister – indeed he’s right, who wants to take on destitute foreign workers often with US$4-7000 in debt?

    17th March 2024: FMT – Malaysia’s treatment of migrant workers utterly shameful

    New Age 16th Mar 2024: Bangladeshi government must mend issues to keep Malaysia job market open

    15th March 2024 SCMP: Malaysians deride minister’s idea to rebrand palm oil workers as ‘specialised harvesters’

    14th March 2024: The Star – Opinion: When work in Malaysia is a con – the criminal syndicate trafficking Bangladeshis for forced labour in Malaysia

    FMT 13th March 2024: Bangladeshi migrants file police reports after falling victim to job scam/criminal syndicate trafficking workers from Bangladesh for forced labour in Malaysia

    12th March 2024: SCMP – Malaysia to slash migrant workforce amid intolerance, job scam crisis involving Bangladeshi labourers

    FMT 11th Mar 2024: Duped migrant jobseekers, victims of alleged criminal syndicate trafficking Bangaldeshi workers to Malaysia for forced labour, face mental health issues, says Malaysian ex-MP

    Daily Star Editorial 10th March 2024: Migrating to a life of unemployment

    Daily Star 10th Mar 2024: Distressed in Malaysia – Thousands of Bangladeshi migrants jobless, unpaid or underpaid 

    9th March 2024: Malay Mail – Activists warn rushed 31st March visa deadline in Malaysia could force firms to source foreign workers unethically (includes my commentary on the abrupt policy change)

    9th Mar 2024 The Star: No extension of May 31 foreign worker deadline

    NST 9th Mar 2024: Keep recruitment agencies in a list rather than shutting them down, govt told   

    See also NST 9th Mar 2024: Sourcing migrant workers takes time, ‘not like buying cattle’, employer groups tell govt

    NST 8th Mar 2024: Eliminate middlemen from migrant worker recruitment process, govt told

    Star 8th Mar 2024: May 31 deadline for foreign workers recruitment under recalibration programme remains, says Saifuddin

    Malay Mail 8th Mar 2024: Saifuddin Nasution: No more agents for Bangladeshi worker recruitment

    6th Mar 2024: Malaysian government halts foreign worker entry into the country from 31st May 2024 (final calling visa/VDN approval issuance deadline 31st March 2024) as migrant worker management crisis worsens and victims of gross exploitation, unemployment and destitution rise significantly

    6th March 2024: Business Times –Sudden change in foreign worker policy by Malaysian government leaves industry in limbo

    6th Mar 2024 Edge: Foreign worker intake deadline changes will leave manufacturers in the lurch, says FMM

    6th Mar 2024 FMT: Industry players shocked by foreign worker policy change, says FMM

    Mar 5 2024: NCCIM urges govt to review unused foreign worker quota deadline

    4th March 2024 URGENT call for donations/support: joining forces with HOPE SELANGOR to fill gap in providing humanitarian aid and assistance to victims of criminal syndicate trafficking Bangladeshi workers into forced labour in Malaysia

    Mar 3rd 2024: Concern on repatriation of potential trafficking and forced labour/abuse victims under Malaysian Migrant Worker Repatriation Programme Commencing 1st March 2024 (Statement by Andy Hall, Independent Migrant Worker Rights Specialist)

    FMT 3rd Mar 2024: Ensure ‘crooks’ do not gain from repatriation programme, says activist

    Mar 2nd 2024 The Star: A chance for illegals to go home

    Mar 2nd 2024 The Star: Sarawak immigration extends RTK2.0 until June

    Mar 1st 2024 FMT: 600,000 foreign workers urged to take easy exit home

    Mar 1st 2024 The Star: Use repatriation programme to return home, 600,000 illegals told

    Feb 28th 2024 The Star: New programme lets migrants off the hook without being prosecuted

    Feb 25th 2024 The Star: Businesses want foreign worker hiring freeze lifted

    Jan 31st 2024 NST: Govt to implement Migrant Repatriation Programme starting March

    Jan 31st 2024 The Edge: Cabinet agrees to extend freeze on hiring of foreign workers, says home minister 

    31st Jan 2024 FMT: Migrant repatriation programme set for March 1

    31st Jan 2024 The Star: Migration Repatriation Programme to commence on March 1, says Home Ministry

    FMT 6th Jan 2024: 171 duped migrant workers deserve compensation, govt told (includes my full statement)

    5th Jan 2024: New Strait Times – MCA: Don’t just fine employers, hold ministry accountable as well for unemployed foreign workers

    FMT 30th Dec 2023: Migrants being duped into Malaysia because of govt’s failure to curb criminal trafficking syndicates and organised crime network, says activist Andy Hall

    30th Dec 2023: New Strait Times – Recruitment agencies accused of deception as Bangladeshi victims speak out on exploitation and fear

    29th Dec 2023: Malay Mail – Set up probe on exploitation of migrant workers and new ministry to manage their affairs, Suhakam tells Putrajaya

    28th Dec 2023: FMT – Malaysia has entered ‘slave labour’ territory, says ex-MP – Charles Santiago calls for specific set-ups to manage migrant workers 

    27th Dec 2023: New Strait Times – MTUC demand govt, MACC probe into corrupt recruitment practices of foreign workers

    26th Dec 2023: FMT – High recruitment fees make greedy agents bring in workers, says group

    25th Dec 2023: FMT – Probe recruitment agents, MACC told after arrest of Bangladeshis

    22nd Nov 2023: MALAYSIAKINI – Full probe of migrant worker syndicate, Malaysian HR Minister Sivakumar says

    9th Nov 2023: Malaysia – The State of the Nation: Flaws of foreign worker system laid bare in declassified report

    30th Oct 2023: FMT: Andy Hall refers stranded Bangladeshi workers’ plight in Malaysia to UN Human Rights Council

    23rd Oct 2023: RESPONSE FROM THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCES IN REGARDS TO AN ARTICLE BY MR. ANDY HALL/HR Minister – strict actions against employers who fail to comply with Malaysia’s labour and immigration laws

    20th Oct 2023 Malaysiakini: Long-awaited foreign worker management report declassified in Malaysia (my comments added)

    19th Oct 2023: Malaysia facing huge excess of 1/4 million migrant laborers

    21st Sep 2023: Malaysian government has 15 source countries for foreign workers – Comments by Andy Hall

    20th Sep 2023: Rate of abused Bangladeshi workers’ entry into Malaysia worrying, says migrant rights activist Andy Hall

    12th July 2023: excellent final offering from a 4 part account of atypical modern-day slavery, forced labour and abuse perpetrated against a group of migrant workers from Bangladesh in Malaysia, written concisely and passionately by former MP from Malaysia Charles Santiago

    Aljazeera News TV 10th July 2023 – Migrants in Malaysia: Hundreds left stranded in recruitment scam

    Reuters 11th Apr 2023: In Malaysia, migrants say they are in limbo after promised jobs fall through

    25th April 2023 Sarawak Post: Malaysia And Modern Slavery – ‘PM Must Take Control’

    23rd April 2023: REUTERS: Malaysia probes cases of migrant workers left jobless, without passports (with background summary and articles included in my blog post)

    17th April 2023 Daily Star: Approval For Labour Recruitment – Malaysia’s transparency questioned by Bangladesh

    FMT 13th April 2023: Stranded Bangladeshis endure ‘hell’ in Malaysia – The group of 35 now wants to go home after being left without jobs for months

    11th Mar 2023 MALAYSIAKINI: Malaysian HR Minister Sivakumar – Zero checks for migrant quota approvals only until March 2023

    13th Feb 2023: My Perspective published by FMT – ‘Time to address corruption in Malaysia’s migrant worker management’

    10th Jan 2023: ‘Bangladeshi recruitment cartels’ grip must end’ – Govt now acting on billion-ringgit ‘human trafficking syndicates’

    1st Oct 2022 Malay Mail: PM Anwar says Putrajaya to Ease Rules on Hiring Migrant Workers

    7th July 2022 The Vibes: How Bestinet courted controversy over migrant worker recruitment – MACC’s raid on IT company once again casts spotlight on alleged hiring monopoly

    June 2022 The Star: Human Traffickers made RM2 billion through syndicate smuggling in over 100,000 workers from Bangladesh

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