KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin said today the government can send any foreigner “who is not wanted in this country” back to their country.
“The Immigration director-general, under Section 9 (of the Immigration Act) can take action against any foreigner who we feel is unwanted in this country,” he told the Dewan Rakyat.
He was replying to Teresa Kok (PH-Seputeh) who asked if the ministry would probe complaints raised by Bangladesh national Rayhan Kabir, 25, who was featured in the Al Jazeera documentary “Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown”.
She also said Al Jazeera’s office was raided by the authorities today and wanted to know why, showing displeasure that her question had not been properly answered.
Hamzah said police were also investigating Rayhan’s employer, as action would be taken against any employer or foreign worker who went against the country’s immigration laws.
RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) interjected to ask the reasons for the probe against Al Jazeera, saying the present government was “going back to the dark ages” to curb media freedom.
Hamzah said he would give him a written reply.
Today’s raid came after authorities announced they were investigating Al Jazeera for sedition, defamation and violation of the Communications and Multimedia Act.
The probe relates to a “101 East programme” examining the government’s treatment of undocumented migrant workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.