On 30 June 2016, the US State Department released its 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The ranking of both Malaysia and Singapore are unchanged. Malaysia remains in the Tier 2 Watch List and Singapore in Tier 2.
This means that the US State Department believes that the governments of the two countries do not fully meet the minimum standards for fighting human trafficking but are making significant efforts to do so. (About the TIP Report)
Malaysian NGO Tenaganita that combating human trafficking is not a priority for Malaysians. Its programme director Aegile Fernandez, “It’s not a priority agenda for Malaysia. It’s not just the government of the day, but if you look at even the opposition parties, if you look at Malaysians as a whole. We seem to turn a blind eye, turn a deaf ear to what is happening.” (The Star)