Undocumented migrants are no punching bags


Josh Hong

The mass detention of undocumented migrants during the national lockdown led to at least five depots hit by Covid-19 cases one after another. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, October 12, 2020.

AS Malaysia reported the sharpest spike in Covid-19 cases earlier this week, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in his televised speech on Tuesday again blamed undocumented migrants and prison inmates for the worsening situations in Sabah and Kedah, demonstrating fully his attempt to pass the buck for the deepening crisis to others.

At the start of the pandemic, the Muhyiddin administration initially encouraged whoever showing symptoms to come forward for screening, undocumented migrant workers included. Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob even went a step further by assuring them that no action would be taken against them, which was a humane and sensible approach to take.


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