The US Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report elevating Malaysia to tier 2 is laughable to say the least. And it is obvious that the upgrade is motivated by business and trade interests and one that would allow Malaysia to sign on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
The upgrade comes amidst recent protest from human rights groups in Asia and the US, including ranking US senators and congresspersons. And it comes as Malaysians realise the entrenched nature of trafficking in the country. A Wall Street Journal report today noted the widespread use of forced labour and employment of people who are trafficked, in plantations and construction sites in Malaysia.