The Malaysian Insider, October 5, 2011 reported that the Home Ministry found its officers (Immigration Officers) exercised their responsibilities in a 'good and orderly fashion' in the recent nude squat incident involving two Singaporean women found to have entered the country illegally. It was further reported that the Immigration Officers who were women, followed standard procedures when carrying out the investigation on the two Singaporean women.
Well, here again another blunder by a Malaysian authority. I wish to ask if it is the Immigration Department’s SOP to force all women that enters the country illegally to squat in the nude. Please show me what is written in the SOP. If the SOP does have that clause, I would recommend that the SOP be thrown into the sea, because such clause is not only humiliating and barbaric but worse still, it reflects the disgusting state of mind of our Home Ministry and the Immigration Department in particular. I don’t believe any so-called civilized nation would have an immigration SOP of that kind. Maybe, we are different or want to be different for all the wrong reason.
I do not think the two women intended to enter the country illegally. They had entered through a legal immigration entry point, but found that there were no Immigration Officials manning the entry point at the time. Now who do you blame in this particular instant. Where were the immigration officers at the time, and is it in the immigration SOP that the entry point can be left unattended at any time, or was there a stipulated opening/closing timing at the entry point. If at all the two women wanted to enter the country illegally, they wouldn’t have bothered to go through a legal entry point. And don’t we know that thousands of illegals enter the country every day. I now tend to believe that it is during such times when the entry points are not manned that illegals are free to enter the country.
You can now see how convenient it is for people to enter the country illegally with the courtesy and generosity of the Immigration Department. They might as well place a large banner at the entry point that says ‘ILLEGALS ARE WELCOMED INTO MALAYSIA WHEN THERE ARE NO IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS MANNING THE ENTRY POINTS’. This would make the work of the authorities easier since they don’t have to make illegal squat in the nude during an investigation.
I do not know whether our authorities’ i.e. Home Ministry or the Department of Immigration has apologized to the Singapore authorities over the incident, and if they haven’t, this is where the Malaysian authorities can now show their humility and regret to the Singapore authorities by saying “We are deeply sorry for the incident and the humiliation suffered by the two women”. I think this is the most ‘civilized’ thing to do for a country that aspires to be the ‘best democracy in the world’.
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