Rayhan’s Employer Under Probe

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The employer of Bangladeshi Md Rayhan Kabir, who was featured in Al Jazeera’s controversial documentary on undocumented migrant workers, is currently under investigation, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said.

In his winding-up speech on the Royal Address at Dewan Rakyat today, Hamzah said a notice was sent to the employer on July 13 after Rayhan’s temporary visitor pass was revoked.

“Investigations are also carried out on the employer. Any employer or foreign worker who went against the Immigration Act could be deported to their country of origin,” he said.

Teresa Kok (DAP – Seputeh) then interjected and asked Hamzah if claims made by Rayhan in the documentary were also investigated.

The former Plantation Industries and Primary Commodities Minister also questioned the motive behind the Al Jazeera office’s raid which reportedly took place today.

However, Hamzah continued on with his winding-up speech and reiterated that the government has the power to expel any foreign nationals that are deemed “unwanted”.

“Under the Immigration Act 1959/63, the immigration director-general, under section 9 can take action on any foreigner whom they feel is unwanted in our country. That is my explanation.

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“You were once a minister, please check section 9 of the Act. We can send back anyone who is unwanted (and) he (Rayhan) is unwanted,” said Hamzah.

On July 25, the Immigration Department confirmed that Rayhan was nabbed a day before in Setapak following a two-week manhunt. It was also reported that Rayhan would be deported from Malaysia and permanently barred from re-entering the country.

Rayhan was arrested after he was featured in Al Jazeera’s 101 East programme Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown. – NST