Caught at sea: Illegal immigrant intercepted by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency in this file picture.
PETALING JAYA: The Government is studying all the recommendations made in the Trafficking In Persons (TiP) report to determine how much of these can be adopted.
“My officers are now studying them,” said Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
The Deputy Home Minister said he would call for a meeting with the Council for Anti-Trafficking in Persons (Mapo), the relevant ministries, the Attorney-General and the police to discuss Malaysia’s drop to Tier 3 in the TiP 2014 rankings.
“I am initiating this,” he added.
Wan Junaidi said it should be stressed that TiP was a US Government report and did not reflect United Nations’ standards or assessment.
He said the US had a broad perception of what human trafficking was and its recommendations might not be suitable for Malaysia.
“Under the TiP, even immigrants who are here legally, but have disputes with their employers, are classified as trafficked victims.”
“Unlike the US, Malaysia’s borders are very porous,” Wan Junaidi said.
“To adopt all the recommendations could see an influx of even more illegal immigrants into the country.”