Bangladeshi man who criticized Malaysia in Al Jazeera documentary arrested

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — The Bangladeshi man, who had in a video interview with Al Jazeera openly criticised the government’s treatment of illegal migrants during the movement control order (MCO) has been detained by Malaysian Police yesterday, after two weeks of manhunt.

In an Al Jazeera documentary titled Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown which was aired on July 3, the Bangladeshi worker, Mohammad Rayhan Kabir appeared directing harsh criticisms against Putrajaya’s detention of undocumented migrant workers during MCO.

In the 25 minute and 50 second video that was produced by Al Jazeera’s 101 East team, he accused the Malaysian authorities of being racist against illegal migrants.

He said in the Aljazeera documentary that the “Malaysian police treat foreigners like animals.”

The Malaysian police and the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) have found that the documentary contain seditious elements.

Home Ministry has revoked Rayhan’s work permit in the country. Bukit Aman had also called in the 101 East news crew for questioning.

Rayhan’s father told Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star that his son has not committed any crime but had only protested against alleged discrimination and exploitation.

“I just got the news from Malaysia by a Bangladeshi. My son has been protesting against all odds since childhood. But he never did any wrong.

“My son has been arrested for protesting against discrimination and exploitation

In a brief statement released today, the Immigration Department said it will deport the Bangladeshi national.

“This Bangladeshi national will be deported and blacklisted from entering Malaysia forever,” said its director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud. – Malaysia World News


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