#MigranJugaManusia Online Protest Took Place Yesterday… Here’s What Happened

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In response to the sweeping detainment of migrants and refugees that happened last week in Malaysia, an online protest has flooded social media platforms especially Twitter with the hashtag #MigranJugaManusia which translates to “Migrants are also human”.

The protest highlighted the mass arrest of migrants and refugees at Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur on Labour Day with the organisers stating on social media that, “These arrests are unwarranted and the assumption that migrants are more prone to disease is illogical and dehumanising… Lack of access to detainees and information about arrest has been a chronic issue in Malaysia.” The social media post also said that migrants and refugees have rights, dignity and must be protected too. Read the post’s full text here.

As for the demands, #MigranJugaManusia raised up three points:

Many Malaysians took to their social media platforms to raise awareness with this issue, some even shared placards they made at home, here are a few:

Besides that, the Women’s March Malaysia 2020 Organising Committee’s press release expressed their solidarity with the movement and stating that, “The enforcement of the MCO which should serve as a mechanism to protect the public has altered since its initial phase into a form of violence that continues to expand… It is clear that the National Security Council (NSC) has turned its back on its promise”.

The promise in question was referring to NSC giving assurance that the safety of any migrants or refugees who exhibit Covid-19 symptoms will not be compromised if they come forward for testing and treatment.

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) said more than 700 migrants, including children, were taken into custody last Friday, as reported by Al-Jazeera.

“Malaysian government does a U-turn on its earlier pledge not to arrest and detain undocumented migrants. Children as young as one year old have also been detained,” Lilianne Fan, chairman of the Rohingya Working Group at APRRN, said in a statement.

There has been growing public anger in the recent week over the presence of migrant foreigners, with some in Malaysia accusing them of spreading the coronavirus and being a burden on government resources. A quick scroll on Twitter or Facebook and will reveal many xenophobic comments that are against the Rohingyas seeking asylum from systematic genocide.

Fortunately, many have shown out in the protest, proving once again that Malaysians do have a heart. Despite Malaysia not being a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, Malaysia has had a long history of sheltering those in need of protection. So why stop now?

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