IOM seeks qual­i­fied Malaysians to fill po­si­tions in its cen­tres

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PUTRAJAYA: The In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM) has of­fered two po­si­tions to be filled by qual­i­fied Malaysians as its of­fi­cers in recog­ni­tion of Malaysia’s ef­forts in help­ing Syr­i­ans.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said IOM lauded Malaysia’s com­mit­ment in bring­ing in 3,500 Syr­i­ans into the coun­try.

“Dur­ing the 70th United Na­tion Con­fer­ence in 2015, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak had an­nounced that Malaysia would bring in 3,000 refugees from Syria in stages within three years, in view of the con­flict in their coun­try.

“Now, within a year and a half, more than 3,500 Syr­i­ans are in Malaysia and have been given tem­po­rary doc­u­ments. They will be sent back to their coun­try when the con­flict is over,” Zahid said af­ter re­ceiv­ing a courtesy call from IOM di­rec­tor-gen­eral Wil­liam Lacy Swing.

Zahid said he would dis­cuss with the prime min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ani­fah Aman to get the de­tails on cri­te­ria needed to be IOM of­fi­cers.

“IOM of­fers this to the of­fi­cers of the min­istries, de­part­ments, agen­cies, uni­ver­si­ties and non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions to work ei­ther at the IOM head­quar­ters in Geneva or at any of its 500 cen­tres world­wide.

“We will dis­cuss the mat­ter fur­ther to get de­tails on the qual­i­fi­ca­tions,” he said, adding that it was an in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for Malaysia.

IOM also ex­pressed its wish to es­tab­lish an of­fice in Malaysia.

As the IOM rep­re­sen­ta­tives had yet to re­ceive diplo­mat sta­tus, the mat­ter would be dis­cussed with the For­eign Min­istry, said Zahid.

On an­other devel­op­ment, the gov­ern­ment has formed a special task force for Sea Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017) to en­sure the safety of the pub­lic and par­tic­i­pants through­out the event.

The task force, known as KL2017 Anti-ter­ror­ism Task Force, will be led by the po­lice’s In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity and Pub­lic Or­der De­part­ment’s di­rec­tor.

The Armed Forces head­quar­ters’ chief of staff will act as the deputy.

“The main role of the task force is to in­crease the col­lab­o­ra­tion and co­or­di­na­tion with min­istries, agen­cies and de­part­ments to en­sure that KL2017 runs smoothly.

“It will fo­cus on three main com­po­nents — be­fore (pre­ven­tion and in­creas­ing the se­cu­rity); dur­ing (cri­sis man­age­ment); and af­ter (re­cov­ery) the Games.

“We hope this will boost the con­fi­dence of the rakyat and KL2017 par­tic­i­pants in the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to en­sure a smooth and safe event,” Zahid said.

Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, had ear­lier chaired the KL2017 Safety High Level Com­mit­tee meet­ing, which was man­aged by the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (NSC) and the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment.

Zahid said the gov­ern­ment was al­ways con­cerned with the safety as­pects and had taken ad­di­tional mea­sures to en­sure that se­cu­rity dur­ing KL2017 was at its high­est level. By FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR

PIC BY AH­MAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi with In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM) di­rec­tor-gen­eral Wil­liam Lacy Swing at his of­fice in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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