Calls for better regional effort to stop influx of Rohingya

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Human rights groups claim the outflow of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar can only be controlled through greater regional cooperation.

Responding to a statement yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, several human rights groups claimed a durable solution to the refugee crisis can only come about if there was a greater sharing of responsibilities by countries near Myanmar.

Zahid, who is also Home Minister, had said the Malaysian government would not arbitrarily issue the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) card to Rohingya refugees as it wanted to better manage their influx into the country.

“Our priority is our people and their welfare. It is not that we are not being humanitarian. I think the international community should show concern for the plight of the Rohingyas,” Zahid had said, but added that Malaysia did not wish to be a receiving country for Rohingya refugees whenever there were problems in Myanmar. Read more

MP wants independent probe of death in police custody

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: Opposition MP M Kulasegaran has asked for an independent probe into the death in custody of security guard Baskar Rao.

The DAP politician said he had just attended the final rites of Baskar, 47, who allegedly set himself on fire while handcuffed at the Jelapang police station on Aug 22.

“Baskar’s mother wept uncontrollably not knowing how her loving son was burnt to death while in the custody, care and control of the police.

“He was in his hospital bed for the last nine days. He was fighting for his life,” said Kula in a statement.

Baskar is survived by A Thanaletchemy, 45, and his two children. He died yesterday at 4.10pm, the statement said. Read more

Wife of pastor missing for 200 days pens scathing letter to IGP

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 — The wife of pastor Raymond Koh penned an open letter to police today, the 200th day since her husband was abducted, to express disappointment and consternation over the handling of the investigation.

In Susanna Liew’s letter, she said her family was denied updates on the investigations and forced instead to learn of new developments via the Inspector-General of Police and his officers’ remarks reported in the news.

Liew also noted that investigations appeared to shift towards Koh and his alleged proselytisation prior to his abduction, rather than on locating the missing Christian pastor.

Police announcements on the case were also “disturbing”, she said when complaining that these were often “sensationalist” and “inconsistent”. Read more