CONTEMPORARY MALAYSIA

con·tem·po·rar·y - Modern times in its generic sense, living, occurring, or existing, at the same time; often also used as a synonym for "modern" Ma·lay·sia - A country of southeast Asia consisting of the southern Malay Peninsula and the northern part of the island of Borneo.

Pity Our Fellow Sabahans though, hope they all will be all right..

New below taken from Daily Express

Kota Kinabalu: The Youth and Sports Ministry is taking steps to tackle the case of Sabahan youths conned by syndicates of employment agents to do menial work and girls being forced into sex slavery in Singapore.

Minister Peter Pang said the ministry is concerned over one such case highlighted by Daily Express on July 14.

"We are currently trying to get further information from enforcement authorities at the Federal level about the case considering the matter involves bilateral ties of two countries, Malaysia and Singapore.

"We will also ask the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore to procure more information and look into the case as well," he said on Tuesday.

Pang was reacting to a Daily Express front-page report quoting a 21-year-old Sabahan who ended up being forced to do manual labour in Singapore, instead of in the hotel sector as promised.

According to the youth, there are some 70 Sabahans youths facing a similar predicament who are living in an apartment building in Singapore with the girls forced into prostitution and the boys doing menial work.

Pang also intends to write to Home Minister Datuk Syed Hamid Albar, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and Human Resources Minister Datuk S. Subramaniam to seek their assistance on the case.

He urged youth associations in Sabah to educate the youths by reminding particularly those living in rural areas on the modus operandi of syndicates that are taking advantage on gullible and na"ve young people to work in Singapore or other countries.

"I am also urging the youths to not easily believe 'hearsay' or 'gimmicks of promises' uttered by those so-called agents to attract their interest.

"The best thing to do is for the youths to check the authenticity and reputation of the employment agents with authorities like the Sabah Labour Department, Human Resources Department and Ministry of Human Resources at Federal level.

"Do not simply believe what they (dubious agents) say but seek advice from the authorities," he said.

He also reminded parents who have not heard from their children working overseas to lodge police reports and other relevant authorities for immediate action.