Malaysia’s immigration department has revoked the work permit of Bangladeshi migrant worker Raihan Kabir for giving an interview to Qatar-based Al Jazeera about the abuse of migrants.
This information has been published in the local media of Malaysia. Malaysia’s Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Badr has confirmed the revocation of the work permit of 25-year-old Raihan Kabir. Raihan is now living in the country as an illegal immigrant.
Abdul Hamid said, “Raihan has to surrender before he can be sent back to his country.”
Raihan spoke on an episode of Al Jazeera’s ‘101 East program’ about the abuse of migrants during the lockdown in Malaysia. Then he came to the notice of the authorities.
The episode ‘Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown’ aired on June 3. In that episode, allegations and criticisms of human rights violations were raised against the immigration authorities during the operation in the Red Zone.
After the documentary was aired, the country’s ministers, immigration department and police reacted against it. The country’s defense minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaqub, has demanded an apology from Al Jazeera for “spreading TRUE news”.
Malaysian police are investigating allegations of sedition and defamation against the Qatar-based news channel over the episode.
After the episode aired, Datuk Khairul Jaimi Dawood, director general of the immigration department, warned foreigners that their permits could be revoked for making negative remarks about Malaysia.
A day later, the immigration department called on authorities to release any information about Raihan’s whereabouts.
The Facebook page of the Immigration Department was widely criticized for asking the public to search for the Bangladeshi immigrant with his personal details. Many have criticized it as “anti-immigrant”.
Citing lawyers, the Malay Mail said the threat from the immigration department was not illegal. However, this is an ‘extreme’ move.
On July 10, at least six Al Jazeera staffers, including a lawyer, were called to the Bukit Aman police headquarters to facilitate an investigation.