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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
No Hasty Granting of Residency



So far 3 survivors of the tsunamis have been rescued at sea and brought back. They are 23-year-old Malawati, who was rescued by a fishing vessel, Hoom Xiang 8, in the Indian Ocean and the second was Rizal Shahputra, 20, who was rescued by the crew of the MV Durban Bridge, also in the Indian Ocean and Ari Afrizal who was rescued by the container ship Al Yamamah.
Rizal Shahputra, 20, was swept 100 nautical miles from his home into the middle of the Indian Ocean by the devastating wall of water on 12/26 but was found alive by the crew of Panama-registered ship MV Durban Bridge and brought to Port Klang on Wednesday morning. Rizal who has lost his family, some relatives and his house to the deadly tsunami waves, had his hopes of staying on in Malaysia apparently granted. NST has the following to report ::
Miracle survivor Rizal Shahputra has got his wish - he will be allowed to stay and work in Malaysia.
Home Affairs Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid said the determination displayed by the Indonesian to live after floating at sea for nine days was something a lot of people here should emulate.
"His character is a perfect example. There are not many individuals out there with such characteristics.
"Such determination is a rare trait in a person, especially when faced with extreme hardship.
"He is most welcome to start anew and work here.
"We support employers to take him in.
"I will also personally assist him," Azmi told reporters at his Ministry.

If the NST report is true, has a too hasty decision been made, will it lead to a deluge of requests by others to stay. It must be remembered that soon we will be getting ready once again to round up and deport illegal immigrants after the 'tsunami amnesty'. MINIster Azmi says he did not believe that the gesture by the Malaysian Government in this case would result in a flood of requests from other foreigners. He added that Rizal's case was different. This prompts the question what's the difference?
It is clear that Gerakan vice-president senator Datuk Dr S. Vijayaratnam does not share MINIster Azmi's views. BERNAMA has the following to report ::
"We sympathise with their plight but one or two cases could well open the floodgates to opportunists seeking a better life in Malaysia, giving the oceanic catastrophe as an excuse," he said in a statement here.
He said that even now, certain unscrupulous individuals were trying to deceive the authorities to get relief and financial aid.
"What is to stop purely economic migrants from resorting to similar tactics? As it is, we already have enough problems with illegal immigrants," he said.
Vijayaratnam said the government should cease granting right of stay to foreign tsunami survivors.
On humanitarian grounds, they could be picked up, nursed and nourished back to health and sent right back to where they came from, he said.

Who is right? Should we be granting more, right to stay and work here or not? Will what the gomen is granting Rizal, open the flood gates? So should we be more careful about the whole thing?



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