A big contrast between the way the newspapers of Asia are treating Thailand’s flirtation with civil war (see below) and the way Australian newspapers relegate it to inside coverage (see here).
Illegal immigrants passed among themselves 36 ways to escape the crackdown on them – to no avail. On the first day of a nationwide swoop, some 6,000 immigrants were checked by the authorities and more than 1,500 of them were arrested. MCA, meanwhile, is asking for the exercise be suspended until after the Chinese New Year because legitimate workers too are being held until their documents are verified. KUALA LUMPUR: MCA has called for the nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants to be postponed to prevent inconvenience to the people in the run-up to the Chinese New Year celebration.