Mercy lauds move to let refugees work

> Govt’s de­ci­sion viewed as first step in help­ing mi­grants

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY VATHANI PANIRCHELLVUM

PETALING JAYA: The gov­ern­ment has been lauded for its move to al­low refugees lim­ited em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the coun­try.

Mercy Malaysia pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Ah­mad Faizal Mohd Per­daus said this would be a first step in help­ing the refugees to seek a liv­ing here.

“We and all hu­man­i­tar­ian work­ers in South­east Asia es­pe­cially wel­come the state­ment by the gov­ern­ment to al­low lim­ited em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Malaysia.

“It is a myth that these mi­grants will take away our (Malaysian) jobs. The truth is they are do­ing jobs that we are not do­ing or not will­ing to do,” he told the me­dia af­ter the Sul­tan Nazrin Shah Lec­ture Se­ries 2016 at Sun­way Univer­sity yes­ter­day.

He ap­plauded the move that came about af­ter in­tense dis­cus­sions with stake­hold­ers.

He added that Klang Valley es­pe­cially has a lot of jobs that can be done by for­eign­ers.

Wil­liam Lacy Swing, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM), mean­while said it is no longer just dis­as­ters and con­flicts that force peo­ple to flee their homes.

“There are also many softer is­sues like econ­omy, cur­rency and cli­mate change that force peo­ple to leave their homes.

“These peo­ple bring with them new ideas, new skills set as well as a drive due to their obli­ga­tions back home,” he said in his key­note speech.

“There are nearly 250 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional mi­grants, and some 750 mil­lion do­mes­tic mi­grants. In other words, there are 1 bil­lion mi­grants in our 7 bil­lion (peo­ple) world. One in ev­ery seven per­sons on the globe is a mi­grant.

“If the in­ter­na­tional mi­grants form them­selves into a coun­try, the pop­u­la­tion of ‘Mi­gra­tion-land’ would be slightly less than that of In­done­sia and slightly more than the pop­u­la­tion of Brazil,” Swing said.

At the event, Sun­way Group founder Tan Sri Jef­frey Cheah pre­sented a do­na­tion of RM100,000 to Mercy in sup­port of its hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts to as­sist vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties lo­cally and abroad.

Sul­tan of Perak Sul­tan Nazrin Shah wit­ness­ing the hand­ing over of a mock cheque by Cheah (sec­ond from left) to Faizal while Swing (left) and se­nior ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Sun­way Ed­u­ca­tion Group Dr El­iz­a­beth Lee look on.

MASRY CHE ANI/ THESUN

Fong's grand­son, Jabin Goh Jze Ping, 11, looks at a photo of his grand­fa­ther dur­ing the wake at the fam­ily home in Ge­orge Town.

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