30 years on, same tales of abuse in detention centres


Ravin Palanisamy Kalidevi Mogan Kumarappa

Migrants being rounded up near the wholesale market in Selayang. The authorities began conducting raids for undocumented migrants despite a promise not to crack down on illegals during the MCO. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 10, 2020.

LITTLE has changed about the way detainees in immigration detention centres are treated over the years, from the time the late Tenaganita activist Irene Fernandez first raised awareness on the issue in the 1990s, to a recent Facebook post by young refugee worker Heidy Quah.

Several activists from migrant and refugee rights groups agreed with Quah’s description of how detainees are being treated, saying they had similar experiences.


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