Editorial [Admin note: although this Malaysian editorial starts out discussing other issues, it actually is about wildlife crime and paoching.\
THE story of Palestinian Ahmed Kanan and Syrian teacher Khaled Ali and his family of five being stranded in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport may have a happy ending of sorts, but it is the start of an investigation of the state of security in its transit area.
It is an investigation that must be carried out urgently and effective measures must be put in place.
As Palestinian ambassador to Malaysia Abdelaziz Abughoush revealed on Monday, there are “mafia-type” syndicates that take advantage of desperate people by promising them travel documents and visas to enable them to enter any country of their choice.
Such attempts to enter a third country are extremely convoluted and it is hard to separate fact from fiction as the people paying for such “services” tell all sorts of tales to embellish their plight.
Suffice to say that some of these people are routed to KLIA because the syndicates are abusing the trust shown by the Government in allowing citizens of certain countries to enter without visas for stays not exceeding 14 days.
If nothing is done to end this abuse, another unwanted feather could be added to Malaysia’s cap of international notoriety.
Already our country is seen as a transit for women and children subject to sex trafficking, as well as forced labour. More....