Dissidents or Rebellious Outcasts – on Status Quo of Iranian Residents in Malaysia


By: Hassan Fartousi

Dire unrest in Iran began after Ahmadinejad’s presidential election. In which the majority of nation voted for other presidential candidates, Mirhussein Mosavi (former Prime Minister) and Mehdi Karoubi (former Head of Parliament). However vivid rigging seated Ahmadinejad as president. Since then Iranians poured into the streets and chanted their voices and for the first time in the last decades, I heard dirty words uttered against the Supreme leader who was strongly believed to support the unelected president as well as the brutal crack-down. Iran’s armed security forces uniformed and un-uniformed chased the protesters and began arresting, beating, and torturing and threatening and killing them. Therefore, many people formed opposition groups inside and outside Iran in a try to object to what is in practice in there.

Critiquing political and religious approaches, many headed abroad to voice out freely. Among these protesters, a large number chose Malaysia to settle and continue their peaceful opposition. Iran’s government has also realized this accumulation and started to fear and that is why Persian residents in Malaysia have been referred to by Iranian officials as rebels, and oppositionists. When assured of such political and religious activities, Iranian government kicked off a few serial strategies to have the dissidents return to roost; A few dozens are hired to smuggle drugs into Malaysia via airplane to smear the image of the Iranian residents. This practice has been on for the last few years. The main purpose is to provide enough evidence for Malaysian government to ban (all kinds of) visa to Iranians so that they are under-numbered gradually. Another tactic is to remove some Malaysian higher education institutions from the list of institutions recognized By Tehran such as the Multi Media University (MMU) and some others where Iranian students had formed some gatherings. Finally Iranian Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology has recently signed MOU with its Russian counterpart to facilitate student transfer from Malaysian to Russian institutions from one hand and the semi-purposeful weakening of Rial’s (Iranian national currency) from the other hand would break the camel’s back. In so doing, the living conditions would toughen for these dissidents.

A well-known cleric namely Ayatollah Mahmoud Amjad Kermanshahi (prayer leader), a cleric oppositionist and a political figure called Hussein Zaman have joined and led the opposition group molding a new political party against Iran’s government.

Based on some unconfirmed sayings, Iranian courts of law have already begun issuing some call-for-investigation followed by arrest and execution. Now the dissidents or let’s say rebels wonder where to head next and how to continue supporting their compatriots inside the country whereas their return way to their home country is cemented.