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Malaysian Detentions

Volume 491: debated on Monday 11 January 1988

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will make representations to the Malaysian Government about the arrest of Mr. Harrison Ngau, Director of Sarawak Friends of the Earth and two council members, Miss M. Raman and Mr. A. Das.

Sixty-five of the 106 persons detained in Malaysia in late October and early November have now been released, including Mr. Harrison Ngau and Miss Meenakshi Raman. A further eight people are still under police investigation. On 29th December, a police spokesman stated that 33 of the detainees would be held for two years under the Internal Security Act. We do not yet have a list of their names. We have made no formal representations to the Malaysian Government about the detentions, but we are naturally monitoring the situation closely in consultation with our European partners.