Shahidan: No privileges for Rohingya children born in Malaysia

Source: Astro Awani

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will not give special privileges to children of Rohingya refugees born in Malaysia, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

He said this group of people comprising United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) cardholders, however, could move freely in Peninsular Malaysia, were free to practise their culture and religious faith, received a 50-per cent discount at government hospitals compared to other foreigners, besides having access to private education.

Nonetheless, he said, UNHCR cardholders found to have committed offences in this country would face the law.

“The government does not recognise the refugee status of the ethnic Rohingya minority as Malaysia is not a signatory to the (United Nations) 1951 Convention related to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. Read more

Anifah: Malaysia will continue to highlight issue of Rohingya Muslims

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Volunteers of the Malaysian aid ship Nautical Aliya waving flags as they anchored to Chittagong Container Terminal with relief for Rohingya refugees in Chittagong, Bangladesh, February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Volunteers of the Malaysian aid ship Nautical Aliya waving flags as they anchored to Chittagong Container Terminal with relief for Rohingya refugees in Chittagong, Bangladesh, February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

PUTRAJAYA, March 15 — Malaysia, as a responsible member of the international community, will continue to play its part to contribute to efforts in addressing the plight that has befallen the Rohingya Muslims minority in Myanmar.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Malaysia was also trying to encourage members of the international community to contribute to the effort to alleviate the suffering of the Rohingyas.

“Malaysia and other countries sharing the same concern on the Rohingya issue have provided humanitarian assistance to our Rohingya Muslim brothers and sisters,” he said in his special address during dinner in conjunction with the International Conference on Rohingya 2017’ here tonight.

Among the assistance provided by Malaysia were a RM10 million contribution to assist in humanitarian efforts and social rehabilitation projects in Rakhine state, and a humanitarian mission called ‘Food Flotilla for Myanmar’ in February this year, he said.

Anifah believed that the international community’s efforts to urge and encourage the Myanmar government to alleviate the plight and suffering of the Rohingyas had borne fruit.

“It is reported the Myanmar army has halted its security operations in Rakhine and ended a four-month crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim community,” he said. Read more