Is Malaysia taking Syrian refugees or migrants? – Aslam Abd Jalil

Source: The Malaysian Insider

BY ASLAM ABD JALIL

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made a very bold statement about taking Syrian refugees as part of Malaysia’s commitment to mitigate the world refugee crisis.

At the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly last October, he stated that Malaysia would do its share, and open its doors to 3,000 Syrian refugees over the next three years.

The first batch of two families of eight Syrian refugees arrived in Malaysia two months later.

Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, followed suit in helping the Syrian refugee children and women in Lebanon and Jordan, donating RM2.5 million on behalf of Global Children’s Wellbeing Fund (GCWF) and Welfare Association of the Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) this week. Read more

Why are some refugees more equal than others? – Syerleena Abdul Rashid

Source: The Malaysian Insider

A few weeks ago on the night of Maal Hijrah, the Immigration Department raided a village in Bagan Dalam, mainland Penang and rounded up about 80 “illegal immigrants”. Sixty of them were refugees and asylum seekers which included women and children. A majority of refugees living in this community were Rohingya Muslims who, as we know, are regarded as the most persecuted and most vulnerable communities in the world.

Just last month, the government surprised the entire nation by saying that our country would “open its doors to 3,000 Syrian migrants over the next three years to help alleviate the refugee crisis”. Read more

Syrian refugees in Malaysia will get special ID card

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will be issuing a special identification card for the 3,000 Syrian refugees it will be accepting into the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Home Ministry, will facilitate the arrival of the refugees based on current laws through the Immigration Department.

“Usually the UNHCR will work with the International Organisation of Migrants (IOM) to issue cards for the refugees that enter Malaysia.

“This time, we will issue iKad for the refugees. The iKad will have security elements embedded into the card for the use of the Immigration Department,” he told a press conference after the Special Asean Ministerial Meeting on the Rise of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (SAMMRRAVE) here Friday. Read more

Malaysia to offer shelter, jobs and education to Syrian refugees

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Thousands of migrants mostly from Syria have arrived in Germany in the past months in the wake of the refugee crisis facing Europe. Malaysia today announced its willingness to shelter 3,000 Syrians fleeing the war. – Reuters file pic, October 2, 2015.

Malaysia will offer shelter and jobs temporarily to 3,000 Syrian refugees as well as education access for their children while in this country.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said accepting the refugees showed the compassion of the government over the fate of Syrian refugees.

“What is important is to provide shelter for them and their families, and we will also look at various ways to provide education for their children.

“We will use our experience in dealing with refugees so that we can provide temporary shelter, education and jobs to them until there is peace in Syria, after which they can return to their country,” he told reporters after the Asean Special Ministerial Meeting on Radicalism and Extremism. Read more