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Immigration DG, implement three-measure reform now to safeguard our national borders

Media statement by Steven Sim, MP for Bukit Mertajam

120117 | Bukit Mertajam

I refer to the statement by Immigration Department director-general (DG) Mustafar Ali reported by the press that there are still corrupt “traitors” within the department. (Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/368748)

I applaud Mustafar’s frank admission on this matter.

“Corrupt traitors” are not just immigration staff but also private contractors in the Malaysian Migrant Industrial Complex

However I want to remind the director-general that these “traitors” are not only immigration staff, but also immigration contractors who received lucrative multi-million ringgit contracts without open tender and for doing paper-shifting works which the Immigration Department itself can easily do.

I have written about the problem of Malaysian Migrant Industrial Complex, a multi-billion scheme profiting companies close to the ruling party, providing services for the Immigration Department.

I have urged a review of all private vendor contracts appointed since January 2015 and open tenders should be conducted for all contracts henceforth. Is the DG willing to do this?

High arrest of illegal immigrants and even employers but what about the insider and trafficking syndicate?

I also want to point out that although the DG reported that between 2014 and 2016, 146,874 illegal immigrants and 2,785 employers were arrested, what about the insiders, and human trafficking and smuggling syndicates exposed in reports by both the Malaysian authorities and international organisations?

Will the DG initiate a high-level inter-departmental investigation team to be led by the Enforcement Agencies Integrity Commission (EAIC) together with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and police to totally crush the insider syndicate and criminal gang operating human trafficking activities?

Finally, despite the massive network of insider syndicate making billions of ringgit from human trafficking activities, with law enforcers and deputised citizen corp being implicated in domestic and international investigations, discovery of death camps and mass graves in our northern border, from 2010 to 2016 while there were 1,091 cases of human trafficking reported, less than 10 percent of these cases – about 103 cases – were convicted in the Malaysian courts. (Source: http://pardocs.sinarproject.org/documents/2016-october-november-parliamentary-session/oral-questions-soalan-lisan/2016-10-20-parliamentary-replies/soalan-34.pdf/view)

While the government has not provided the breakdown of the types of conviction, I have compiled such breakdown from the cases reported by the US Department of State’s Trafficking In Person (TIP) reports over the years below:

Year Number of convictions Types of conviction
2008 1 Sex trafficking, first to be persecuted under the 2007 Act
2009 3 Information unavailable
2010 14 11 sexual trafficking, 3 labour trafficking
2011 17 Sex trafficking
2012 21 11 sex trafficking, 10 labour trafficking
2013 9 5 sex trafficking, 4 labour trafficking
2014 3 3 labour trafficking
2015 7 5 for sex trafficking, 2 for labour trafficking

Table 1: Number of human trafficking related convictions in Malaysia from 2008-2015 and types of conviction.(Source: Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report, June 2009 (American Government); and Department of State, Trafficking In Persons Report, June 2016 (American Government, 2016)

Even when there is a conviction, “the majority of sentences were weak and incommensurate with those prescribed for other serious offenses, including a trafficker who was administered one day in prison plus a fine of RM20,000, and three others who given sentences of one to three and one-half years’ imprisonment”.

The failure of our immigration system is only too obvious. For most part the failure is not caused by random breakdowns of the system, but rather a systemic deficiency inherent in the present administration.

Will the DG support our proposal for the formation of a Royal Commission on Immigration Reform to fully clean up the whole department?

I have listed the three measures above for the action of the director-general since he first came into office in July 2016. Being the gatekeeper of our national borders, I urge him to implement these measure immediately to save our country from those whom he rightly labelled “traitors” who breach our country’s sovereignty by their criminal action.

Steven Sim Chee Keong
MP for Bukit Mertajam
Deputy Spokesperson, DAP Parliamentary Committee for Human Resources

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