here are some links to articles and information on current social issues in malaysia and ways to help. I'll do my best to keep updating with new resources. if you have anything to add on, feel free to reach out!
updated 6th june, 6.20pm
all cops are bastards, acab
when we say all cops are bastards, we are not referring to the behaviour of individual officers. all cops are bad because they enforce a fundamentally flawed institution that systematically oppresses minorities. the US police force was established in part to uphold the slavery system, as slave patrols were tasked with chasing runaways and preventing revolt.
individual cops who don't agree with these values are not enough to justify or excuse the actions of the whole institution. whether they like it or not, these cops are still complicit in the racism, brutality, corruption, and injustice that happens under the police force.
any 'good cop' would side with the protestors and support the basic rights of civilians to demand justice and to end structural injustice.
police brutality and abuse of power-
more articles on abolishing the police -
quick breakdown of discrimination and the black experience in malaysia by @wydanya. original posts can be found here and here.
about the police
other social media posts
security forces are committing crimes against humanity against rohingya muslims in myanmar, including mass murder, rape, and deportation. the persecution is systematic & sanctioned by the myanmar military and government.
the rohingya people are not recognised by the government of myanmar, and are denied citizenship, making them stateless. their rights to movement, education, basic health services, marriage and children, etc. are restricted. their persecution has been cited as consistent with 'ethnic cleansing.'
efforts to repatriate the rohingya by the myanmar and bangladesh government were protested by the refugees, saying "we don't want to go back" and "if we go back, we fear they are sending us to die."
malaysia is not a signatory of the UN convention on refugees or its protocol. nevertheless, we are still expected to abide by non-refoulement (not returning refugees or asylum seekers to a place where they face threats of danger or persecution) as part of international customary law.
a unhcr card is not a passport and has no formal legal value. it is not recognised as a valid pass of entry into malaysia under immigration laws, so refugees are classifies as 'illegal/undocumented immigrants.' as such, they do not have formal legal right to work or education.
disregard for workers' rights in malaysia -
abuse and exploitation of migrant workers in malaysia -
how well do we protect our workers? information below was of 2012.
upon application to the relevant authority, employers are allowed to require employees to work for more than 8 hours a day, and more than 48 hours a week, without prior agreement by the workers.+ there are no clear provisions that require the employer to notify the workers on when such applications are made.
there is a lack of guidelines as to how workers can submit a written appeal or to be heard orally (as most migrant workers do not have the capacity to read/write in malay).if an employee succeeds in claiming against wage-related infringement (eg. non-payment, underpayment), the court would only grant him the amount he was deprived of, without covering the additional costs that come with pursuing court action.+ for medium to lowly paid workers, it becomes more practical that they do not claim their rights at all.
there is no provision to protect workers who speak up against their employers from being fired/discriminated against solely because they sought to claim their rights.if a dispute against an employer cannot be settled normally, the minister's approval is first required before the case is passed on to the industrial court.+ the worker may continue to pursue their claim in the high court if the minister does not pass the case to the industrial court. however, high court awards are paid by the losing party to the winning party. these costs can be high and pose as an unaffordable financial risk to employees.
there are no industrial courts in pahang, terengganu, kelantan, kedah, perlis, melaka, negeri sembilan, and selangor.
what is a trade/workers union?
a trade union is an organisation of workers dedicated to protect and improve the welfare of workers. trade unions are essential in defending workers' rights against violations and exploitation (eg. harsh working conditions, underpayment) and bargaining for better economic interests (eg. salaries, bonuses). the freedom to form and join trade unions is a universal human right.
what is union busting?
union busting refer to practices that prevent workers from exercising their right to organise. examples of union busting are when employers/bodies of authority prevent the formation of trade unions or undermine the efforts of unions to defend their rights.
what do trade unions look like in malaysia?
for many workers in malaysia, the union is simply a “subscription” with little benefit from collective bargaining. extracted information from the article -
limitations imposed on workers' unions by government authority have led to passivity and compliance with the law, even if those laws are unjustunions rarely hold meetings, participation in protests is low, and union members show a general lack of solidarity. protests are usually in the form of filing complaints to the relevant ministry, which can take years to see an outcome
remedies granted to the workers are weak and do not impact employers or legislation in bringing about long-term changeunions are only allowed to form based on occupation, sector and industry. unions are not allowed to form between different sectors, including private and public sectors. union-busting continues. union leaders are easily terminated for issuing public statements. workers participating in legal protests are arrested. union registration and processes are delayed.
organisations to donate to/volunteer for: