In recognition of the important role the media play as a vehicle for dissemination of information and public education, Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) in partnership with the United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the National Strategic Office Council for Anti-Trafficking in Persons & Anti-Smuggling of Migrant (NSO MAPO) under the Home Affairs Minister organised a three-day training program on Reporting on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in April 2016.
The workshop was held at Grand Alora Hotel in Alor Setar Kedah. This is the sixth workshop on TIP organized by MPI specially tailored for Malaysian journalists. The first was held in Kuala Lumpur in 2009 and since then the workshop has taken Malaysian journalists to Kota Kinabalu in 2012, Kota Bharu (2013), Johor Bharu (2014) and Kuching (2015).
A total of 30 media practitioners, representing the New Straits Times, Berita Harian, Harian Metro, Bernama, Daily Express, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Sun Media Corporation Berhad, Kosmo!, Utusan Malaysia, Radio and Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), The Star, Malaysia Aktif and The Malay Mail took part in this program.
During the three day sessions, participant had the opportunities to interact with experts on trafficking issues in Malaysia and globally. It was aimed to enhance their understanding on the problems on modern day slavery.
Participants were given the holistic picture or an insight of trafficking in persons in Malaysia. Speakers for the workshop were policy makers, legal and the enforcement officers from various government agencies entrusted in combating TIP. Also presented papers at the workshop were senior officials from NSO-MAPO, PDRM, The Attorney General Chamber and The US Embassy.
A field trip was arranged to visit ICQS Padang Besar and ICQS Bukit Kayu Hitam where the partiipants were given briefings by the Immigration Department officers.
The workshop is designed to equip journalists with knowledge/skills that related to human trafficking and smuggling of migrant issues in order to help them produce news reports that are accurate, relevant and compelling so that they can successfully highlight issues of trafficking to their respective media audiences.
Workshop on Reporting on Trafficking in Persons 2016
- Eager to know… participants from media organizations attending the Workshop on Reporting on Trafficking in Persons held at Grand Alora Hotel, Alor Setar Kedah.
- Session starts…. First presenter, Mr. Kevin Geh Kein Meng, Deputy Undersecretary of NSO MAPO representing Ministry of Homes Affairs on the policy maker’s perspective.
- Tuan Mohamad Abazafree bin Mohd Abbas, the second presenter for the workshop giving his Legal Perspective, on the “Issues on Trafficking in Persons: Roles played by Public Agencies.
- Third speaker, SUPT Cha Hoong Fong, Criminal Investigation Department from Bukit Aman delivering his talk on the enforcement perspective in combating trafficking in persons.
- Fourth presenter, Ms Jennifer Spande, Deputy Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur answering question asked by the participant.
- Cik Suhaila Md Zaini (RTM KL), asking question to one of the presenters on the Issues on Trafficking in Persons.
- An honor….His Excellency Joseph Y. Yun, United States Ambassador to Malaysia at the launch of the workshop on Reporting on Trafficking in Persons in Alor Setar, Kedah
- Sharing…Datuk Dr Chamil (left) showing a book on “Perjalanan Lima Dekad MPI” with His Excellency Joseph Y. Yun, United States Ambassador to Malaysia (right) during the launch.
- Opening Ceremony….From left, Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya, Chief Executive Officer, MPI, His Excellency Joseph Y. Yun, United States Ambassador to Malaysia, U.S. Embassy KL and Kevin Geh Kein Meng, Deputy Undersecretary of NSO MAPO at the launch of the program.
- Photo album…participants after the launching of the workshop. Sitting front row from left, Jennifer Spande, Dep. Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy KL, Kevin Geh Kien Meng, Deputy Undersecretary, NSO MAPO, Datuk Dr. Chamil Wariya, CEO MPI, Joseph Y. Yun, Ambassador to Malaysia, U.S. Embassy KL, Prof. Datuk Salleh Buang, Visiting Professor, UTM Johor & Columnist, NST Property Times and Lindsey Higgs, IOM X Partnership Officer.
- Interesting …Lindsey Higgs from IOM X sharing her experience in Using Media and Technology in combating Human Trafficking.
- Site visit to the hot spot zones…Tuan Hazmi bin Sulaiman, Deputy Director Immigration Department, Perlis explains the smuggling activities at the hot spot zones along “Persisiran Pantai Kuala Perlis”.
- Tuan Mohd Khairi bin Othman, Assistant Director Immigration, Perlis, gave a detail presentation on the department’s operations at Agensi Keselamatan Sempadan (AKSEM) Complex.
- Attentive…. The immigration officer giving an overview on roles and function of the Immigration, Customs & Quarantine (ICQS) Padang Besar to the journalists.
- Group photo…in front of the Immigration Complex, Padang Besar. The group then adjourned to (ICQS) Bukit Kayu Hitam.
- Day three…Experience sharing on Investigative Journalism by Mr. T. Selva, Senior Consulting Editor, The Star
- Experience sharing again… representative from TV3, En Mohd Faiz Aizat Azali, Broadcast Journalist TV3 (standing) and En Taufiq bin Attan, Bureau Cameraman, Perlis (centre) sharing their experiences in covering the Wang Kalian’s issues.
- Last session, Puan Ajanis Ba-I, Shelter Home Manager, KL branch giving her input on Handling Trafficked Victims.
- Invited guests… YBhg. DCP Datuk Zamri Yahya, Kedah Police Chief (fourth from left), Mr T. Selva, Consulting Editor, The Star & Council of Administration Members of MPI (third from left) and Head of Departments from the Royal Malaysian Police together during the closing ceremony of the TIP 2016 Workshop.
- The merrier the better…media covering the event attended by the journalists. From right, Datuk Sri Noor Rashid bin Ibrahim, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya, Chief Executive Officer, MPI (centre) and Datuk Zamri Yahya, Kedah Police Chief (left).
- Group picture with some of the participants after the closure of TIP workshop 2016.
Sitting front row from left, Maimunah Abd Rashid(Moderator), Suhaila Md Zaini (RTM KL), T. Selva (The Star), Datuk Zamri Yahya (Kedah Police Chief), Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya (CEO MPI), Datuk Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim (Deputy Inspector General of Police), Kevin Geh Kien Meng (NSO MAPO), ACP Khalid Salleh (Asst Director Special Branch, Contingent Police Kedah) Police Officer Kedah, (Royal Malaysian Police), Zahrinul-Aini Sumery (RTM).
Standing middle row from left, Nadia Shaiful Bahari (KOSMO!), Imran Hilmy Taufik Hilmy (The Sun), Royce Tan Seng Hoo (The Star), Zahratul Hayat Mat Arif (NST), Kalidevi a/p Mogan (HM), Ahmad Asyraf Ab Rahman (RTM), Mohd Azeli Ali (Utusan Malaysia), Kenny Teng Khoon Hock (Bernama), Fakhrul Razi Ismail (RTM), Mohd Iskandar Ibrahim (BH), Azzman Abdul Jamal (KOSMO!), Suziela Che Mat (Bernama), Siti Fatimah Mohamed Anwar (BH), Sharmila Rastam (RTM), Ili Shazwani Ihsan (NST), Norhafiza Kamaludin (MPI).
Standing back row from left, Zakiyamani Ahmad (RTM), Syed Hisham Shah Syed Hilmi (MalaysiaAktif), Jonathan Edward (Malay Mail), Muhaamad Hafis Nawawi (HM), Mohd Rafie Azimi (Utusan Malaysia), Muhammad Lutfi Zahid (DBP), Junhairi Alyasa (KOSMO!), Pradeeb Kumar Velayutham (MalaysiaAktif), Emran Azmie Rosle (RTM), Hasnah Jusid (Bernama), Sabariah Mohd Tahar (RTM),
Not in the picture: Sherell Ann Jeffrey (Daily Express) & Muhd Fikri Mat Ziab (RTM Kelantan)