Saturday, June 20, 2009
Malaysia has 90 days to comply with the US request...!
Malaysia has ninety days to correct the problem faced by the country on human trafficking.
The United States government has placed Malaysia on a Tier 3 of its Trafficking in Persons blacklist. We are placed or lumped together with 16 other countries, including six newly listed African countries for being notoriously not doing really much to combat slavery and the scourge of human trafficking.
Sources at the US Embassy said there is a need for the Malaysian government to do more than just lip service in so far as combating human trafficking problem is concerned .
While acknowledging past efforts to combat the problem, reports that the US government received has placed Malaysia in jeopardy and has since inadvertently being lumped into the list of notorious countries involved in human slavery.
Sources who insisted on remaining anonymous said Malaysian authority cannot come out with press statement such as " we are doing all we can on human trafficking" but must be seen doing it".
"I has to be more than that. We know that there is money involved in such trafficking but to be a credible and respectable country we must also be able to be seen as a compassionate nation. What we read in the media about arrest and such is just the tip of the iceberg," added the sources.
It appears that the US government is bent on stamping out slavery and human trafficking as one of its priorities and being this country's biggest trading partner we must be aware that being blacklisted as a human trafficker country we also run the risk of being placed under US strict trade sanction and other sanctions on other bilateral agreement between the two countries.
The Third Tier placement on Malaysia was based on a report made between March 2008 and March 2009, before Najib Tun Razak became the country's sixth prime minister.
It was also learnt that the US government has forwarded a letter of request to Najib urging him to use his office to instruct relevant authorities and ministries to be more diligent in combating human trafficking in Malaysia.......in 90 days or forever we will be condemned!
Posted by Pasquale at 11:47 AM