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Tier 2 Watch List
June 20, 2019
MALAYSIA: Tier 2 Watch List
The Government of Malaysia does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. These efforts included convicting slightly more traffickers, issuing a significant number of passes for victims’ freedom of movement from shelters, and establishing an additional shelter for adult female trafficking victims, although it had not yet served victims. The government reported some investigations into allegations of official complicity and authorized a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the camps and mass graves discovered in Wang Kelian in 2015. The government also continued to overhaul its foreign worker management system. However, the government did not demonstrate overall increasing efforts compared to the previous year. The government identified far fewer victims than in previous years and authorities investigated and prosecuted fewer cases. The government’s victim protection efforts remained largely inadequate and some rehabilitation services such as medical care, telephone calls, freedom of movement, and the issuance of work permits were inconsistently implemented, if at all. The government stopped funding NGOs to provide shelter. Corruption related to processes for foreign nationals to work in Malaysia remained pervasive and the government did not report initiating new prosecutions or convicting any complicit officials during the reporting period. Therefore Malaysia remained on Tier 2 Watch List for the second year.