According to Prisons Department records, 47,914 foreigners were found to have violated the Immigration Act from 2002 to 2008.
Of these, 34,923 were whipped. The remaining 12,991 escaped whipping because two thirds of them were women while the other third were men over 50.
About 60 per cent of those whipped were Indonesians, followed by Filipinos (14 per cent), Myanmarese (14 per cent), Bangladeshis (4 per cent), Thais (3 per cent) and others (5 per cent).
The above was revealed in Parliament in response to a question by Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong.
The government says it whips these foreigners as a deterrent to others. I am against whipping as I believe it is cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment. What about you?
Remember, many of these foreigners do not have access to lawyers. The overwhelming majority of them are likely to be low-income folks from poorer countries who come here looking for work.
Says blog reader Thomas:
I’m one of the privileged ones who go into Kajang and Sungei Buloh prisons as social workers. In my conversations with many of these people, I found out that a majority of them were victims of unscrupulous agents from both sides. They pay huge sums of money in their home country to agents and when they arrive here they find that they have been cheated and do not get the treatment and remuneration that they were promised. Some of them were even dumped and abandoned when deals by agents with prospective employers went awry.
They are left to fend for themselves of fall into the hands of syndicates which take advantage and exploit them, and if they get caught without proper papers or even passports, which is in the hands of the syndicates, they are charged in court without representation or even without their embassy’s knowledge and end up in prison to receive such treatment and eventually deported.
Who is to be blamed for all that? Why is no action taken on these unscrupulous agents, who seem to have political connections or patronage…?