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Malaysia and refugees – some thoughts of a friend

I have a friend, not normally given to hyperbole or left wing sentiment. He does however know Malaysia well, through business and family connections. And he has a sense of compassion.

Here are some of his thoughts on the Malaysian refugee ‘deal’.

Friend: I have been to Malaysia. The people we send there are fucked. They will be sold into slavery in the Arab states.

I raised some doubts.

Friend: Believe it. We may as well shoot them.

Malaysia is more corrupt than Indonesia and Pakistan.

It works like this. They are building the Burj in Dubai. That really tall building. They import 400 labourers at a time from Pakistan, Malaysia or Philippines. They get them via “brokers”. They accommodate them on the lower floors of the building, feed them, pay them $2 -$5.00 a day tops. The “broker” gets $100.00 or so for each labourer so the labourers have to pay that back. When they first arrive they are divided into groups and this group become plumbers, this group carpenters etc etc.

Because labour is so cheap they don’t worry about quality. If it’s no good they just do it again.

The reason I know this is that my brother used to work for Nakheel, the developer over there. He saw it first hand.

Me:  And you think the refugees we send will be part of that? I wouldn’t put it past Gillard.

Friend: I am not sure if the refugees we send will be part of this but they are very open to being exploited in a very corrupt country. I think the Labor government are aware this happens but will ignore anything so it suits their purpose. LNP are just as guilty. They are all politicians so they can’t be trusted.

I might appear to be blatantly right wing but I am not. I can’t resist a shit stir. I also have strong beliefs on what is right and wrong and what happens here is wrong. I don’t know what the answer is with “boat people” but the current trend is inhuman.

Me: join the refugee action committee nearest you. Attend the demonstrations for refugees. End mandatory detention. Free the refugees.



Comment from Graham Dooley
Time May 12, 2011 at 7:39 am

Unfortunately UNHCR is in favour of this “solution” so the opinion war has already been lost by anyone opposed to it. Moving the problem so far from our shores will mean very little gets publicised about the outcomes. A brutal means of stopping people getting on boats yes. But I have also read opinion to the effect that those already processed and waiting (patiently) in Malaysia for re-settlement here and elsewhere upon confirmation of their refugee status will now no longer be subject to similar delays. There is no easy solution, I just hope UNHCR is playing a role on the ground in Malaysia to reduce the chances of your friend’s fears being realised.

Comment from Arthur
Time May 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Problem with dooley’s assays into his world of possibilities is that I can smell the body fluids decomposing on the cattle probes, the barbed wire and his meathooks.
Australia might be moving forward according to Gillard and her glass breaking number cruncher of a wirebound, overstressed example of a treasurer.
I’d prefer a world where things weren’t so immediately critical.

Comment from John
Time May 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I think you misinterpret GD’s view on this rather severely. ‘His meathooks’ makes no sense. His comments about the UNHCR supporting it were valid and probably confusing some people.

Comment from Arthur
Time May 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Chess, en-passant, sidestepping and capturing the pawn.
Interesting concept.
Interesting blog title for/of a bloke who claims to be a bit of a commie.
What has been happening lately is the ploy of ‘promoting the pawns’.
For some reason you’ve ignored them as they’ve zipped up the board and now there is an extra knight and bishop calling the shots on your game.
Don’t know which is which but dooley reckons he’s more knight than bishop.
But since you asked – what about ‘his meathooks’?

Does this mean that you are ‘okay’ with his barbed wire and cattle prods?
As for the UNHCR – Anyone out there ever sent a letter to the UN and received an answer?
How remarkable.

Comment from Graham Dooley
Time May 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Gee Arthur, you remind of someone but I cannot quite put my finger on it. Anyway, pointless petty point-scoring aside, I refute the suggestion that I support barbed wire and cattle prods, please stay on course with your discourse.

Comment from Arthur
Time May 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm

G’day dooles, the sockpuppet.
What you want don’t count

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