This report was written by Zama Coursen-Neff, Furman Fellow with the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, and is based on her research during a mission to Malaysia in November and December 1999. The report was edited by Joe Saunders, the deputy director of the Asia Division, and Rachael Reilly, the refugee policy director, and reviewed by Dinah PoKempner, general counsel, and Malcolm Smart, program director. Gary Risser, researcher for the Asia Division, provided helpful comments. Production assistance was provided by Adam Bassine, associate for the Asia Division, Patrick Minges, publications director, and Fitzroy Hepkins, mail manager. In addition, the author would like to thank Carla June Natan and Eve Lester.
We also wish to express our appreciation to the Malaysian human rights activists, lawyers, and academics, and to UNHCR staff members who assisted us in our work. Most of all, we would like acknowledge the many undocumented individuals who agreed to speak with us and provide information for this report. That they cannot be named is an unfortunate indicator of their continued vulnerability in Malaysia.