While the Malaysian Bar, ALIRAN, SUARAM and others have been calling for the total abolition of RELA, the MWG, in their recent statements to MPs seem to have back-tracked --- now wanting only that RELA... "respect UNHCR documents and refrain from arresting holders of these documents". I do hope that this was a call until RELA is abolished -- and surely we cannot recognize this RELA as an "enforcement agency" -- it a voluntary corp...a group of "bounty hunters"
On whipping and corporal punishment, the Malaysian Bar position, which, I believe, would also be the position of civil society groups, is for the total removal of whipping and corporal punishments from all laws.
Talking about work permits for refugees, it should be provided for all refugees not just the Rohingya --- for if that is the case, why the DISCRIMINATION. Our call must be for all refugees to be accorded the right to work, while they await re-location in a 3rd country.
While refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons (about 100-200 thousand) should be a CONCERN, we must not also forget the other millions of undocumented migrants in the country - which also should be treated rightly. Maybe, these other persons would be the focus of the Migration Working Group in their next action.
We must also address the question of the right of education to all --- including children of documented and/or undocumented migrants (refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, etc...) - maybe the Pakatan Rakyat can for a start including at least in State Constitutions the right to food, shelter, health care, clean water, healthy environment and education, etc... in their State Constitutions. Maybe, even these States could be the model states providing for adequate shelter and board for refugees, whilst they await their departure to 3rd countries....