IN­PUT DATA, REFUGEES URGED

Move to en­sure no crime takes place, says deputy min­is­ter

New Straits Times - - News -

AINA NASA

KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

REFUGEES in the coun­try are be­ing en­cour­aged to in­put their bio­met­ric data via the new Track­ing Refugee In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (TRIS), says Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Nur Ja­zlan Mo­hamed.

He said it was to en­sure that the gov­ern­ment had up­dated and ex­ten­sive data on th­ese refugees, in ad­di­tion to the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cards.

“With TRIS, the gov­ern­ment will have records of refugees.

“No loop­holes will be avail­able for those who want to take ad­van­tage of the refugee sta­tus.

“With­out the bio­met­ric data, transna­tional crimes, ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties and hu­man traf­fick­ing with re­gards to refugees will hap­pen un­der the radar,” he said at the My Refugee Cen­tre (MyRC) here yes­ter­day.

Since the sys­tem be­gan in April, only 291 refugees have reg­is­tered in the TRIS out of the 150,000 reg­is­tered with UNHCR in Malaysia.

“What is im­por­tant now is that we do not want ‘ghosts’ in the coun­try. Refugees have to reg­is­ter with TRIS so the gov­ern­ment can mon­i­tor their move­ments.”

The TRIS reg­is­tra­tion process for refugees was un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of UNHCR at the mo­ment as only those with UNHCR cards could pro­ceed, Ja­zlan said.

How­ever, as the num­ber of peo­ple reg­is­ter­ing was still small and the process was mov­ing too slow, the min­istry may re­sort to reach­ing out to the refugees di­rectly.

UNHCR, in a state­ment, said they were work­ing closely with the gov­ern­ment to ad­dress the com­plex chal­lenge of refugees and mixed mi­gra­tion in the coun­try.

“We are fully com­mit­ted to co­op­er­at­ing with the gov­ern­ment to find ways that bet­ter pro­tect refugees, which, at the same time, ad­dress any le­git­i­mate con­cerns about se­cu­rity, law, and or­der.

“This in­cludes work­ing closely with the Home Min­istry and of­fer­ing ad­vice and as­sis­tance to a con­tracted com­pany to im­ple­ment a pi­lot reg­is­tra­tion scheme.”

Datuk Nur Ja­zlan Mo­hamed

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