Malaysia-Australia deal ‘threatens migrants’ safety’

Tenaganita executive director Irene Fernandez (left) talks to journalists outside the Australia embassy in Kuala Lumpur on May 25, 2011. — PHOTO: AFP   KUALA LUMPUR – RIGHTS activists stepped up their battle on Wednesday against Australia’s decision to send 800 boatpeople to Malaysia, claiming the deal threatens the migrants’ safety. Representatives from five rights…

Refugee swap: NGOs keep the heat on

KUALA LUMPUR: Several NGOs submitted a joint memorandum to the Australian High Commission here today protesting the asylum seekers swap between Malaysia and Australia. At a press conference later, Tenaganita chairman Irene Fernandez said civil societies were in the dark about the details of the agreement. “So we asked for the details but the deputy…