Standard Operational Procedure in Sabah: Filipinos who are considered illegal in Sabah are given rattan cane lashings -- and often coupled with a jail sentence -- before they are "deported" from their own homeland and this has been going on for years. Yet, not a squeak to protest this abominable practice has been heard from successive leaders of the Republic.
We know first hand that the ONLY "crime" of many of those Filipinos who were given rattan cane lashings and jail sentence before final deportation was that they had gone back to Sabah and were caught after they had been deported by Malaysian police once or twice before.
~~ Admins, Defenders of the Philippine Sabah and Spratly Claims
13 April 2013
SAYS PROBE BODY:‘Malaysian cops beat Filipino deportees’Agence France-PresseFirst Posted 15:37:00 10/04/2008Filed Under: Labor, Migration, Human Rights, Crime, Laws
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Illegal Filipino workers expelled from Malaysia's Sabah state have been severely beaten by police, a fact-finding body said Saturday.
Thousands of Filipinos, including women and children, remained in Malaysian detention centers "and suffering from inhumane conditions," said Luzviminda Ilagan, a member of the Philippines House of Representatives and of the Fact-Finding Committee on Sabah Deportees.
"Filipino detainees and those who were already deported to the Philippines have experienced severe beatings from Malaysian police while under detention," she told reporters in the southern port city of Zamboanga which serves as the transit point for deported Filipinos.
Ilagan urged the government to provide the deportees with aid to ensure they would not return as illegals to Sabah.
She also pushed for a House-level inquiry into the alleged abuses by Malaysian police. Malaysia announced a fresh crackdown on illegals early this year and thousands of Filipinos have been deported since.
The committee, composed of the Association for the Rights of Children in South East Asia, Migrante International, and Gabriela Women?s Party, was formed to investigate alleged human rights abuses against undocumented Filipino workers and immigrants in Sabah.
The state, which lies between the Philippines to the north and Indonesia's Kalimantan to the south, is a magnet for immigrants who work on construction sites and oil palm plantations.
Malaysian authorities say 130,000 illegal migrants are in Sabah but local politicians put the figure as high as 500,000.
According to the Philippine government, an estimated 200,000 Filipinos are living and working in Malaysia without valid visas and nearly 3,000 are in jail waiting to be deported.