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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

KL-Beijing to sign pact on tackling human trafficking

For better relations: Hishammuddin shaking hand with Chai during the courtesy call in Putrajaya.
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and China will sign a memorandum of understanding early next month to fight human trafficking and to cooperate on security issues.

The MoU is part of Malaysia's attempt to deal directly with countries of origin, transit and destination for human trafficking, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said.

He had discussions with Chinese officials in Beijing last week as a follow-up to earlier discussions with officials in Bangladesh and Indonesia, the minister said after meeting Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Chai Le here yesterday.

Hishammuddin said bilateral relations between Malaysia and China were at an all-time high while Chai said the MoU will ensure continued peace and stability in both countries and people of the region.

On the swapping of refugees between Malaysia and Australia, Hishammuddin said it has to be deferred because of a pending court case in Australia.

Meanwhile, acting Indonesian ambassador Mulya Wirana said he was satisfied with Malaysia's effort in the massive registration of legal and illegal foreign workers in the country.

“This exercise is a golden opportunity for the workers, especially the illegals, to register and be legalised. Through this registration, they need not fear being caught or facing action by the authorities,” he said.

Immigration director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad and deputy secretary-general (registration and immigration) Datuk Alwi Ibrahim briefed Mulya and his officials on developments concerning the issue.

The Indonesian team welcomed the exercise as it allows them to know the actual number of Indonesian workers, both legal and illegal workers, in Malaysia.

Alwi said 890,156 Indonesians, including 528,714 illegals, have so far registered under the exercise.

ORIGINAL POST: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/8/17/nation/9314045&sec=nation


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