Illegal vs undocumented – how we talk about migrants in Malaysia

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Photo: Hasnoor Hussain/Al Jazeera

A recent clip of a news report mistakenly calling the new US Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris, the daughter of an “illegal immigrant” has been making the rounds on social media.

That has sparked discussions about the weight that terms like “pendatang asing tanpa izin” and “illegal immigrants” carry with them, especially here in Malaysia. BFM speaks to Katrina Maliamauv, executive director of Amnesty International Malaysia, about whether terms like these could affect the migrant community.

Produced by Lim Sue Ann

Presented by Juliet Jacobs, Lim Sue Ann, Dashran Yohan

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Khoo Soo Hay
Khoo Soo Hay
17 Nov 2020 6.51am

Why do you have illegals in our country? We either help them, legalize them, make them work for the country, or kick them out! The problem is that our borders are not only porous, but open with some professional help. We need to control the controllers, the border guards.