Suhakam praises cops for rescuing 18 from forced labour


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is obliged to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in the country under international law.

Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said this was so as Malaysia was a signatory to the ILO Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention 1999 (No 182).

It said this in response to news reports of the rescue of 18 people, including seven children, forced to work at an oil palm plantation in Hulu Perak.

While commending the police for their efforts, Suhakam wanted more to be done to dismantle more such human trafficking syndicates operating in the country.

“The Malaysian government must monitor and better regulate businesses to prevent child labour. MPs should unite to fight human trafficking,” it said in a statement today.

It said child labour and human trafficking included all forms of slavery, such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage and forced labour.

This included using children for work as this is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children, it said.

“The government has committed significant resources to combating trafficking in persons.

“Suhakam will continue to engage with all stakeholders to ensure human trafficking and modern day slavery remain high on our agenda.”

It said Suhakam would discuss the issue with all parties, including MPs and government agencies.

“Human trafficking is a serious criminal offence and a grave violation of human rights. It aims to profit from human suffering.”