Think tank: Shahidan’s suggestion discriminatory, racist

Source: FMT News

IDEAS slams the federal minister's suggestion that UNHCR cards only be issued to ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees in the country. Pic taken from FMT News

IDEAS slams the federal minister’s suggestion that UNHCR cards only be issued to ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees in the country. Pic taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: The call by federal minister Shahidan Kassim for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cards to be issued only to Rohingya Muslim refugees goes against human rights values, says a think tank.

Speaking to FMT, Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) external relations manager Azrul Mohd Khalib said Shahidan’s statement was also discriminatory and racist.

“If we really want to help those who have fled their countries because of wars, oppression and conflicts, we have to look at the issue without a racial or religious lens.

“The country’s reputation will be better off if we hold firm to principles of rationality, human rights and close communications with other countries.” Read more