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Teresa Kok slams senior cop for suggesting whipping as punishment to deter undocumented migrants from re-entering the country

Federal internal security and public order director Datuk Hazani Ghazali has recently suggested that undocumented migrant workers should be whipped to stop them from trying to re-enter the country.

He said that this punishment will serve as a lesson for repeated offences, at the same time, stressing that they will not compromise on the issue of illegal immigration because it can affect national security.

However, whipping is already a form of punishment for illegal entry as Section 6(3) of the Immigration Act states that the penalty for illegal entry is a fine not exceeding RM10,000, or imprisonment up to 5 years as well as being whipped not more than 6 strokes.

Source: NST

Following this press release, human rights activists have called on the government to repeal the punishment of whipping against undocumented migrants.

The matter was also brought up by Seputeh MP Teresa Kok who shared her thoughts via a Facebook post, urging the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) to conduct human rights awareness training to the police and other enforcement agencies to be at par with international human rights standards.

“I read the suggestion made by Hazani Ghazali to whip undocumented migrants who have been caught repeatedly entering the country.”

“I wonder whether his suggestion of whipping will also extend include the sly enforcement officers who have failed in their duties in preventing illegal migrants from entering into Malaysia and also the civil servants who aided and abetted the smuggling of unlawful migrants.”

“Senior civil servants and police officers are fully reminded that whipping is seen as a barbaric act, which demeans human dignity internationally,” she said.

In addition, Kok explained that illegal migrants who sneak into the country are the poor from our neighbouring countries seeking employment here.

“Such a callous suggestion will only harm relations with our neighbours,” she claimed.

Kok then reminded the senior cop that there are some poor Malaysians seeking employment who have over-stayed in foreign countries too, and how would he feel if whipping is imposed on our poor Malaysians abroad?

“It is because of such recklessness that I urge SUHAKAM to conduct human rights concept training courses to officers of our enforcement agencies, including the police, immigration to adhere to the international human rights norms and standards, while performing their duties,” said Kok.

Kok also urged Hazani to refrain from making petty statements, such as imposing such barbaric and archaic acts.

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