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About time I mentioned this...

Posted by Troisnyx - March 25th, 2015


In September 2013, I mentioned that I have been fighting an intense battle for my future, my dreams, my life and my liberty, and that who I am as a person is at stake, and my freedoms are at stake. This battle is far from over.

I think it's about time I made the details of this battle public.

 

I am an asylum seeker.

And I know first-hand what it's like to be tarred with the same brush as many other people seeking asylum, to be called a benefit scrounger, although I have never claimed any finances from the state. That is only the stigma, and only part of the problem...


I am originally from Malaysia. For a long time there, I had been abused for my race in various situations in which the authorities could have intervened -- in school, as a conscript for a three-month National Service stint, and elsewhere. The abuse is physical, verbal, mental and emotional. I have also written articles and human rights dossiers detailing the extent of human rights abuses in Malaysia, both during my time in Malaysia and during my time in Britain.

Malaysia has draconian security laws, and every human rights organisation I have searched on the internet testifies to this. The most notorious of these laws, which is used to prosecute people who don't remotely have a case, is the Sedition Act 1948. In an era of the internet, globalisation, and increased awareness of human rights, it's hard to believe that sedition is really a thing. But it is... and it's scary. Say the wrong thing, and you could be tried -- and if you're let off, you'd perhaps be imprisoned without trial. This is what I face, and it scares me to death.

So anyone who is even slightly critical of the government could be done in under Malaysian law.

I am currently fighting an appeal against a decision from the Home Office, which I read and found severely lacking in research, and also failed to mention all the sources that I presented during the process so far.

Up till now, I had been so afraid of even mentioning it... because of the stigma, and because of the notion that if I ever said anything which was critical of the Malaysian government, I would be a traitor and a coward. I am tossing all that aside now, while writing this post.

In addition, the only immediate family I have left is my dad... who is still in Malaysia and heavens know where he is. Honestly, I don't know where he lives. The only communication I have with him is via e-mail, and that in itself is sporadic. Go to Human Rights Watch and you'll find a report or two of people of Indian descent being shot sporadically in the streets in Malaysia by the police, who subsequently make allegations that these people approached the police with machetes. There is a long-running stereotype that any leader of a gang is of Indian descent, and because they target the Malay majority and make it unsafe for them, there is now a "shoot first, talk later" policy. I am of Indian descent, and so is my dad..... he could be shot for going out one evening just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. And, if I ever go back there, the same could happen to me. I am terrified.


 

I ask for your prayers and good thoughts, and anything you can muster. Thanks.

I will admit I am writing this while tired and weary, but it's about time all this was made known.


Comments (6)

When I read you were originally from Malaysia, I knew straight off there was a problem, since I already knew of your Indian descent. Not as bad as Korea before the split-up, but still plenty bad. Seems like this sort of thing exists everywhere.

Sometimes I cannot help but ask... All I want is to be free; is that too much to ask?

This really is a challenge, and I pray that you can find resolution for your status as soon as possible.

If the need were to develop, have you considered seeking asylum in another country?

Where would you recommend? But you bet I've considered it. I fear for my life enough to make this an option.

Perhaps the US or Canada. I'm not fully sure about the asylum procedures for either county. A source I found on CNN from a few years ago- http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2010/10/world/interactive.asylum.seekers/- shows that Sweden and Norway are very good places to go to for asylum. In any case, I'd do as much research as I could before deciding on where I'd go.

Holy shit that is some f'd up shit right there. I can't possibly begin to imagine how hard that must be for you. I really hope you'll find your place in this world. If not in England, maybe somewhere else.

I hope and pray for the same too. There is very much that I know I can give...

Some people seem to think freedom includes sharing stereotypes in public, which can lead to stupid behavior. It's the job of better people, to recognize and act when this happens ._. lest it go unchallenged, and accepted.

Sharing stereotypes has its limits. The way I see it, if stereotypes are shared, they must be shared with the intent of having them removed once and for all. There's no use bottling up one's disdain over the fact that people think females are property of their fathers until marriage, for instance, or even.... if a male equivalent ever existed. These things need to be told.

I do agree with you though: people ought to recognise and act when this happens. In Malaysia there's only a little growing sentiment about human rights. Up till now, many of us have been fed with the junk given to us at state-run schools, that 'human rights-ism' is a social ill, and it is told in more ways than just one. Sometimes it is told subliminally, in school plays, in speeches, whatever. There are human rights organisations there, but a lot of them operate clandestinely for fear of provoking the government's ire. And as for the people themselves...... I don't know if many actually realise the impact of what's going on. Perhaps if they understood it, they'd act, but I don't think many people do understand. Still: it's not right for me to keep silent when everyone is keeping silent over a human rights violation. It is my duty as a human being to stand up for my fellow brethren.

Glad to hear you're fighting the good fight. If you seek asylum in the US, come to Washington State. Avoid the south.