Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Different Spins

Yesterday, The Malaysian Insider reported that negotiations between the government and the opposition in Australia have again failed to revive the refugee swap deal with Malaysia - after the latter insisted asylum-seekers sent to Malaysia are given “the protection of law” rather than just Putrajaya’s assurances.

Although Malaysia has continued to stress the importance of the asylum swap, known as the Malaysia Solution, as a model for combating human trafficking – the country is unable to convince anyone – save for Julia Gillard and her Immigration Minister Chris Bowen who have their own self-serving agendas – that it has genuine compassion for refugees.

According to UNHCR, “Malaysia is not party to the 1951 Refugee Convention nor its Protocol and does not have an asylum system regulating the status and rights of refugees. The absence of a legal framework on asylum issues is a source of great unpredictability in the lives of refugees in the country. This challenging protection environment is placed within a context of some 3 million migrants, 1.9 million of whom are considered illegal.

Malaysian law makes no distinction between refugees and undocumented migrants. Refugees are vulnerable to arrest for immigration offences. They may be subject to detention, prosecution, whipping and deportation. National NGOs have little capacity to support asylum-seekers and refugees, while international NGOs are unable to operate in the country” (Source: 2012 UNHCR country operations profile – Malaysia at
, accessed January 25, 2012).

Najib Razak is adamant about pursuing this so-called Malaysia Solution because he hankers after accolades! He desires to promote himself as a do-gooder but he ignores the fact that Malaysia has no legal obligations to protect refugees. And don ‘t forget that Canberra is picking up the RM1 billion tab for the swap! That’s a sweetener that Najib cannot resist either. I am really glad the majority of Australian politicians saw it fit to reject the Malaysia Solution!

Chua Soi Lek (left) again parroted the specter of Islamist rule, even boasting that the Chinese community has begun falling back into BN’s fold as they are now aware that “empowering DAP is paving the road for PAS” (The Malaysian Insider, January 25, 2012). I just don’t understand him – even during this auspicious Lunar New Year, he is so full of shit!

Already, UNMO had derisively claimed that PAS is just a lapdog of DAP, now Chua Soi Lek is saying that DAP will empower PAS. Different spins for different audiences, izzit? Doesn’t he know that Malaysian Chinese cannot be facilely manipulated nor readily deceived by the likes of him? Only MCA members will swallow hook, line and sinker to this bargain-basement disinformation from a discredited porn star! When will MCA members rouse themselves from their self-induced stupor and rekindle their sensibility? By now they should know that, for a long time now, their own leaders have betrayed the Chinese! Wake up, MCA members!

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