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TLDR: Rayhan Kabir Arrested, To Be Deported & Blacklisted From Malaysia Forever

TLDR: Rayhan Kabir Arrested, To Be Deported & Blacklisted From Malaysia Forever

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25-year-old Bangladeshi national, Md Rayhan Kabir, a man who was critical of the government’s handling of migrants in Malaysia during the Covid-19 pandemic in an Al Jazeera interview, has been captured by authorities and would be deported and blacklisted from entering the country.

What you need to know: The Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) confirmed the capture of Md Rayhan who was detained in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur on Friday (July 24) by the department’s Operation Intelligence Unit following a tip-off to his supposed hideout at a condominium in Jalan Pahang. JIM Director-General Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud was quoted as saying that Md Rayhan would be deported and banned from Malaysia “forever”.

What’s new: Before his capture, Md Rayhan reportedly told a Bangladeshi news agency, The Daily Star, that he was innocent of any crimes and only wanted dignity and justice for migrants in Malaysia.

How it got here: The government had Md Rayhan’s work permit revoked following his appearance on Al Jazeera’s Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown documentary where he allegedly made claims of Malaysia’s mistreatment of migrants during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period. Authorities had also released Md Rayhan’s information to the public to aid in his capture for offenses under the Immigration Act 1959/1963.

Why it matters: Md Rayhan along with Al Jazeera’s depiction of Malaysia’s migrant situation has been a major topic of public discourse and international criticism. The Malaysian government has taken the position to dismiss the report as inaccurate and slanderous to the country while moving to discredit the international news agency which has also resulted in the country having discussions on media freedoms and freedom of expression.

Read More:
Immigration Dept: Rayhan Kabir to be deported, permanently banned from entering Malaysia [Malay Mail]
Bangladeshi in Al Jazeera documentary tracked down, arrested [New Straits Times]
I committed no crime, says Bangladeshi man in Al Jazeera programme [FMT]
Bangladeshi in Al Jazeera documentary arrested: Telling truth is not a crime [The Daily Star]
Al Jazeera Documentary Backlash: 5 Important Things You Need To Know [TRP]
Al Jazeera Defends Documentary Filmed During Lockdown in Malaysia [TRP]
Rayhan Kabir’s Work Permit Revoked By Immigration Dept, Say Police [TRP]
Al Jazeera’s License And Accreditation With Finas To Be Checked By Communications Ministry [TRP]
Astro Is Being Fined By MCMC For An Al Jazeera Documentary They Aired In 2015 [TRP]
Al Jazeera Dismisses Finas’ Requirement For A License, Saying It’s Not A Credible Argument [TRP]
If Al Jazeera’s Documentary Was Illegal, So Is Any Other Malaysian Video Content, Says Lawyer [TRP]
Film Producers Must Have Finas License, Even For Social Media, Apparently [TRP]
What Did Saifuddin Actually Say In Parliament About FINAS? [TRP]
Saifuddin Assures Govt Won’t Use FINAS To Restrict Personal Freedom On Social Media, MPs Ask For Review Anyway [TRP]
Malaysian Journalist Under Police Investigation Added To Intl Info Hero List [TRP]
Controversial Arrests, Charges & Investigations Under PN (So Far) [TRP]

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