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Reporter Judith Wilkes leaves her husband and two sons in Sydney and goes to Malaysia to cover the story of the Vietnamese boat people. She becomes romantically involved with Kanan, and strikes up a friendship with Lady Minou Hobday, who keeps a regular vigil at "Turtle Beach" where the refugees try to land secretly in the hope that one day her own children will arrive. Accompanying Minou one night, Judith witnesses a brutal massacre by the Malaysians which spurs her on to expose the horrors of the internment camps at Bidong.Written by
Jonathan Ridsdale <JR@kingston.ac.uk>
1) The writer is Blanche D'Alpuget who married Bob Hawke,the ex-Prime Minister of Australia
2) The Viets were labeled as refugees in the West but "illegal economic migrants" in Asia.
3) The Malaysian Govt "excised" Pulau Bidong & other islands from Malaysian legal jurisdiction and dumped the Viets there without recourse to Malaysian law. The western world, particularly Australia, & U.S roundly criticised Malaysia for being heartless and refusing to allow the Viets to settle in Malaysia.
4) Years later, the U.S did the same thing when faced with waves of Haitian "refugees" landing on Miami beaches. These Haitian were now termed as "illegal aliens" and were dumped in Gitmo before being forcibly deported back to Haiti. Then the Australian Govt did the same when faced with Iraqi "refugees" (Tampa incident) The Aussies dumped these newly termed "illegal immigrants" on the island of Nauru !!!
Hypocrisy? You bet !!! It's always different when it happens on your doorstep isn't it ???
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