Mercy lauds move to let refugees work
> Govt’s decision viewed as first step in helping migrants
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.
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.