Today Priscilla and Sarah chronicle the journey of Esther, a courageous mother who came to Malaysia as a refugee. Esther tells a harrowing tale of how she came to Malaysia, for a better life for her and her child. Esther has not seen her parents in five years. Tears fill her eyes every time she […]
Avyanthi (Avie) Azis writes on the undocumented struggling to make sense of life and love in Kuala Lumpur.
Extravagant Egalitarian discovers Cuba, Castro, Che, Cohiba, good music, and boring food. The contrasting freedom of movement enjoyed by Malaysians as compared to Cubans brings to mind a group of people in Malaysia who do not have as much freedom or much else – refugees and stateless people.
Refugees are defined as people who are unable to return to their home countries due to fear of persecution, war or conflict and are entitled under international law to protection and assistance. However our government does not generally recognise refugees but treats them like “illegal” migrants.
The author wrote a small piece to inform the public of the plight of refugees in Malaysia while referring to a few international reports, surveys and publications. The article was edited down owing to space constraints before being sent to the local press. It was published in the on July 23, 2009. This is the […]