NGO: Influx of foreign workers will lead to more rape cases


PETALING JAYA: A non-governmental organisation has warned that the government’s plan to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshis over the next three years will see more rape cases.

“It has become the norm for them to rape local women. They rape the wives and daughters of people here,” Malay Mail Online reported Pertubuhan Rapat Malaysia president A. Rajaretinam as saying.

“They act like they have a licence to rape. What kind of action will be taken? This will become worse.”
Rajaretinam, however, did not provide any evidence to support his claim at the press conference held earlier.

Apart from rape, Rajaretinam also said any increase in the number of migrant workers was a threat to national security, alleging foreigners could promote Islamic State (IS) activities.

It would also mean a loss of business opportunities for locals.

He alleged that foreign workers operated businesses in the country illegally.“They are starting their own empires here.”

Rajaretinam claimed that a lot of new diseases were discovered in Malaysia, following the influx of foreign workers here.

He said his NGO had noticed a lot of “new sickness and viruses” being spread since foreigners arrived.

Rajaretinam then threatened to hold a mass protest – which he claimed would be multiracial – if the government decided to go ahead and bring in the foreign workers.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had recently announced that 1.5 million Bangladeshis would be brought to Malaysia over the next three years for employment in the construction, services, manufacturing and agriculture sectors to meet the shortage of workers.