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July 13, 2009
Malaysia refuses to recognize Burmese as refugees

In Malaysia, some immigration officials have been accused of involvement in selling refugees from Myanmar, also known as Burma, to gangs in Thailand.

The attorney general’s office in Malaysia says 10 immigration officers are being investigated after the U.S. State Department placed Malaysia on its list of the world’s worst human trafficking offenders last month.

Karen Zusman, an independent journalist, recently returned from Malaysia, where she reported on the plight of Burmese refugees: Burmese refugees rounded up and sold in Malaysia

Listen to the full documentary Please Don’t Say My Name: Burmese refugees at risk in Malaysia.

Find more information and how to help on the Please Don’t Say My Name website.

View photography by Greg Constantine, Karen Zusman and an anonymous photographer in Malaysia:




Sad, I remember the Boat People in the seventies. We never learn….


can really burmese refugees work in Malaysia?
If can, why our malaysia police still want to caught them when they are working. Anything can show the police and immegration they are legal for work? If can’t, how can malaysia let them in and then without working? do malaysia goverment give them food or money to survive?


Karen, this is the product of UMNO – a Nazi wannabe ruling party in Malaysia right now.


Karen, you are making a deference.


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these people needed freedom!!


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