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KUALA LUMPUR: The lack of a proper system to govern refugees has allowed human rights abuses against refugees to take place, said the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam). 

The non-recognition of refugees by Malaysia has made the community more marginalised, added Suhakam vice-chair Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee. 

“We urge for the establishment of a Government-led system which engages with various other organisations such as the UNHCR and non-governmental bodies which deal with refugees to ensure a better mechanism to deal with the issues and challenges faced by refugees in Malaysia. 

“And we will continue to urge the Government to accede to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 and its 1967 Optional Protocol in order to accord adequate protection to, and to respect the rights of, refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia.” 

Dr Khaw said this in her keynote address Thursday on the commission’s role at the Roundtable on Challenges and Opportunities for Refugees in an Urban Environment organised by the UNHCR. 

Since Suhakam’s inception, she said it has been inquiring into complaints of alleged violations of their human rights and by recommending to the

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are known for their charitable efforts - the country has been listed as one of the most generous nations in the world. 

In the Charity Aid Foundation’s (CAF) World Giving Index for 2015 released this month, Malaysia was ranked in the 10th spot and received a score of 52. 

The index by Britain-based CAF looks at three measures of giving - donating money, volunteering time, and helping a stranger. 

Malaysia scored 62% when it comes to helping strangers, 58% in

KUALA LUMPUR- A prominent Thai ASEAN analyst has praised Malaysia for a job well done during its tenure as ASEAN chair for 2015, saying that right from day one, the nation had taken extra efforts to ensure smooth proceedings of the 27th ASEAN Summits and Related Summits.

Kavi Chongkittavorn said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who helmed the chairmanship, Malaysia had taken the lead to make sure that an ASEAN Community would be set up by year end.


KUALA LUMPUR - The establishment of the ASEAN Community by year-end will not only benefit its people but propel the region to be a more developed and integrated bloc, said Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

To realise the vision, various plans had been undertaken throughout this year to steer ASEAN's peoples to together uphold the advocacy of creating a truly people-centred ASEAN, he said.

"ASEAN will be a more powerful vehicle for the realisation of our peoples'

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's focus during the ASEAN Plus Three Summit was on three areas, namely the impact of the global financial and economic slowdown in the East Asia region, closer cooperation to promote regional connectivity and trilateral cooperation.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said under the East Asia Summit (EAS), the leaders shared their views on regional security policies and initiatives, countering violent extremism, sustainable economic growth and financial stability

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia and Russia have cemented an agreement to set up a Joint Malaysia-Russia Commission for Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation (ESTC).

The ESTC agreement provides for a bilateral mechanism to further enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.

Russian Economic Development First Deputy Minister Elexei Likhachev signed the agreement on behalf of Russia, while Malaysia was represented by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

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KUALA LUMPUR- The 10 leaders of ASEAN cemented a key convention in the Malaysian capital Saturday to demostrate their commitment in protecting victims of trafficking and combating trafficking in persons in the region.

The signing ceremony of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP), was led by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The convention establishes a legal framework for the region to effectively address the issue of

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