MMK facilitates meeting of Vietnamese government and ILO officials with Vietnamese migrants in Malaysia
MMK has recently decided to broaden the scope of help offered to migrants to include advice on legal rights in Malaysia, including guidance on how to make complaints and representations to the authorities in the country.
An interesting first step
took place on Oct 28th,2012 when MMK facilitated a meeting between a visiting delegation of Vietnamese government officials, The International Labour Organisation (ILO), and members of the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) with Vietnamese migrants / workers (both legal and illegal) living in Malaysia.
The primary purpose of the meeting was to provide the Vietnamese officials with a chance to hear, at first hand, from their countrymen living in Malaysia about conditions, problems and issues encountered.
One horrific account came from a lady lured to Malaysia with promises of good factory jobs, but forced into the sex trade on arrival. She, luckily, managed to escape the clutches of her captors but had to leave behind 80 women in the hands of the “flesh-traders”.
MMK has created a committee of 2 retired civil servants to investigate further how best to extend cooperation with the MTUC and Bar Council in furthering this avenue of migrant assistance.
Any readers of this article who are keen to join this initiative should get in touch with MMK using the contact information on this website.