Anwar Ibrahim labeled ‘Indonesia’s stooge’ for talking about migrant workers

Posted: July 31, 2011 in illegal immigrants, indonesia, Malaysian Human Rights, The Jakarta Post

Anwar Ibrahim labeled ‘Indonesia’s stooge’ for talking about migrant workers

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 07/30/2011 3:08 PM

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said that he is frequently labeled as Indonesia’s stooge for criticizing his government’s policy on Indonesian migrant workers.

According to Anwar, the labeling has emerged as he repeatedly urges the Malaysian government to treat all migrant workers, whether from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Burma or anywhere else, with respect.

“It is important that they are left unharmed. If they do something wrong, send them home in a proper fashion. Do not send them home as if they were animals,” he said, on the sidelines of a discussion at the Jentera School of Law in Jakarta, on Saturday.

However, the labeling, and other allegations against him, have surfaced due to the control that the Malaysian government exerts over mass media in the country, Anwar said as reported by

Many Indonesians work in the informal sector in Malaysia. Several cases of violence and abuse to Indonesian migrant workers have led to a rift between the two countries. In May, however, Indonesia and Malaysia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance the protection of migrant workers.



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