If you send the Rohingyas back, they are as good as dead’


By: Arfa Yunus

sources by  http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/05/16


Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Mehrom) president Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani has urged the Malaysian government not to turn away the victims of human trafficking syndicates from Myanmar, claiming they were as good as dead if sent back. — TRP pic by Arif Kartono

KUALA LUMPUR, May 16, 2015:

It was reported that on July 15, 2005, the Malaysian authorities deported 16 Rohingya refugees detained at the Juru detention camp in Penang to the IDC detention camp in Thailand, en route to Myanmar.

According to Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Mehrom) president Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, all 16 of them were killed once they reached Myanmar.

In an interview with The Rakyat Post, Zafar begged the Malaysian government to stop sending the Rohingyas back or deny them entry to come in to this country.

“Are we all not human? Today, our community is suffering and nobody is helping us. What would you feel if one day, God give you a taste of the same misery we are going through now?

“So please, don’t send them back there (Myanmar). Let them come here (Malaysia). If you send them back, they are as good as dead. Just like the 16 Rohingyas that were sent back in 2005. All of them were killed,” said Zafar.

He said this in response to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar’s comment on the recent issue where thousands of Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis had nowhere to go after they were abandoned at sea by human traffickers. Malaysia had turned away two boats crammed with the refugees.

On Thursday, Wan Junaidi said “we have to send the right message that they are not welcome here”.

Instead of denying the Rohingyas entry into the country, Zafar said the government “could let us work here rather than hiring foreign workers” as they had no other choice but to flee from their own country — a country where thousands of the ethnic minority are being slaughtered.

“We are here and we are desperate for jobs, to provide food and protection for our family. Give us permits to work, don’t ask for our passports because we don’t have one. What are we supposed to do when our own country and government has denied us the rights to own a passport?”

Where is Aung San Suu Kyi?

Nobel Prize winner and Myanmar Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested and placed under house arrest for nearly 15 years and has been vocal on human rights throughout her political career.

Suu Kyi is also the daughter of Aung San, a beloved Burmese nationalist who had secured the independence of Myanmar from the United Kingdom before being assassinated in 1947.

She is also an icon in her own right, having emerged from a wave of student protests in 1988 as the leader of a growing Opposition movement, the National League for Democracy.

During the protest, most of her supporters were the Rohingyas because according to Zafar, they believed in her struggle and what she was fighting for.

When asked what Suu Kyi has done in the country to help the Rohingyas, Zafar simply raised his eyebrows.

“Her father ordered the murder of about 100,000 Rohingyas and the burning of 300 houses when he was the leader back then. Yes, that was her father, but as for her, I don’t know what to think anymore.

“We were there during the 1988 protest to show our support for her. Why is she keeping quiet now? Why is she not helping us?”

In 2012, the Rakhine state riots saw hundreds of Rohingya Muslims killed after a clash with the Rakhine Buddhists who claimed that they were afraid that they would soon become a minority in their ancestral state, and so the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas began.

On August the same year, it was reported that there had been 88 casualties — 57 Muslims and 31 Buddhists while an estimated 90,000 people had been displaced by the violence while about 2,528 houses were burned.

To date, thousands of the Rohingya Muslims have been killed and the genocide continues until today.


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