Dhaka seeks consular access to Raihan in KL

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:54, Jul 28,2020


Mother of Raihan Kabir, a Bangladeshi who was arrested in Malaysia for criticising the government of the country for its discrimination against migrants, looks at a picture of his son on a mobile at their house at Bandar in Narayanganj on Monday. — New Age photo

The Bangladesh government has sought consular access to Raihan Kabir, a Bangladeshi worker who was arrested by the Malaysian government for reportedly criticising its discriminatory attitude towards the migrants during an interview with a news broadcaster about the coronavirus situation in the country.

The High Commission of Bangladesh in Malaysia contacted the Malaysian authorities in this regard to talk to him. 

‘We have sought consular access to talk to Raihan Kabir,’ a Bangladesh diplomat told New Age on Monday, adding that the high commission officials might meet him at the earliest.  

The Malaysian authorities have, however, denied access of lawyers of Raihan on Monday, according to diplomatic sources.

Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said that the government would extend support to Raihan Kabir with maintaining good relations with Malaysia. He said this after a function at the State Guest House Jamuna in Dhaka.

The Malaysian authorities took Raihan Kabir in custody to quiz him for 14 days on Saturday ‘to assist’ in case filed against him by the immigration department.

His father Shah Alam Bhuiyan expressed concerned knowing that the Malaysian authorities denied access of lawyers to Raihan.

‘It is a matter of great concern that the denied access of lawyers to a victim,’ Bhuiyan told New Age over phone, adding that Raihan did not become outspoken for himself. 

Immigration department director general Khairul Dzaimee Daud said Raihan will be deported and blacklisted from entering Malaysia forever, according to the Malay Mail.

Raihan, 25, who was working in the country legally, was detained on Friday evening in a case filed under the immigration Act.  

He was seen in an investigative documentary titled ‘Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown’ broadcasted on July 3 as part of Al Jazeera’s ‘101 East’ documentary series.

It shows that the Malaysian government is discriminating against migrants during the epidemic through the Movement Control Order.

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