Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Gara2 Seekor Kerbau Malaysia: Seekor Kerbau Membawa Lumpur, Semuanya Terpalit

By Agence France-Presse, Updated: 9/7/2010

Malaysian man charged with trafficking 63 Indonesian women

A Malaysian man has been charged with trafficking and exploiting 63 Indonesian women who were brought into Malaysia to work as domestic helpers, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Lee In Chiew, 49, a businessman and former teacher, was charged Monday in the northern state of Perlis for trafficking and "exploiting them by using threats and force", said his lawyer K. Kumarathiraviam.

"There were 63 purported victims. All of them are Indonesians aged between 21 to 33 years," he said.

Kumarathiraviam said three of the maids ran away from the accused and lodged a report with authorities, which led to his arrest on July 24. If found guilty he could be jailed for up to 20 years.

"We are confident we can succeed in the case. The charges against Lee are weak," he told AFP. "Lee runs a well-known maid agency. All of them were brought into the country legally."

No plea was recorded and Lee was freed on bail.

Malaysia has no laws governing conditions for domestic workers but the government has promised to draft legislation to protect them from sexual harassment, non-payment of wages and poor conditions.

Malaysia is home to some 1.2 million documented Indonesian workers, as well as about 800,000 Indonesians working illegally.

Cases of abuse of maids at the hands of Malaysian bosses are a frequent source of outrage in Indonesia, contributing to often prickly relations between the two countries.


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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Mesej Kelabu dan Simbol2 dan Sign Yang Salah dalam Iklan TV3: Bukan Semua Perkara Boleh diSensasi ...

By Agence France-Presse, Updated: 9/6/2010

Malaysian TV pulls Ramadan ad over Christmas links

A Malaysian TV station said Monday it had withdrawn an advertisement marking the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr which was criticised as "un-Islamic' for having a Christmas-like theme.

The private TV3 channel started last week airing the one-minute commercial marking the end of the Ramadan fasting month, showing a man wearing an Islamic skullcap taking children on a magical trishaw for a ride through the sky.

Some viewers in Muslim-majority Malaysia said the character was reminiscent of Santa Claus, and several groups demanded it be retracted. There was also criticism that the ad featured a lotus flower, which is linked to Buddhism.

"TV3 apologises on the airing of the advertisement... which has offended many people," the station said in a statement, adding that it had been taken off air.

"We will be more cautious to avoid similar incidents to happen again in the future," it added.

Religion and language are sensitive issues in multiracial Malaysia, which was hit by deadly race riots in 1969.

Some 60 percent of the 28 million population are Muslim Malays, living alongside large ethnic Chinese and Indian communities who have expressed fear that the country is being "Islamised" and their rights are being eroded.

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