Malaysia revokes work permit of Bangladeshi in Al Jazeera report

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The Malaysian Immigration Department has revoked the work permit of a Bangladeshi national who featured in an Al Jazeera program on migrants.

“As far as I know, the Immigration Department has canceled it,” Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador told an online news portal Free Malaysia Today (FMT) when asked about Md Rayhan Kabir.

The department is looking for a 25-year-old in relation to its investigation under the Immigration Act 1959/63.

Rayhan was featured in a 25-minute Al Jazeera report titled “Locked up in Malaysia’s Lockdown” on its 101 East program on July 3.

The report, on the authorities’ alleged ill-treatment of migrants under the movement control order (MCO) to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, sparked outrage from government leaders, with police reports filed against the Qatar-based news channel.

Putrajaya has demanded that Al Jazeera apologize to Malaysians over the documentary, but the satellite network on Saturday stood by its journalists, saying the report was balanced despite failure to get the response of government leaders.

Al Jazeera is being probed for various offenses, including sedition, defamation, and improper use of network facilities.

Two days ago, six Al Jazeera employees were questioned at the Bukit Aman police headquarters.

Another online daily, Harian Metro meanwhile reported Hamid as urging Rahyan to surrender himself before being deported to his country.

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