Miss the fried chicken mother
Cheras: There is gold in the land, hail in their own country, the better in their own country, according to the proverb lives of Rohingya refugees, Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, 43, who remains homesick in Buthidung, Myanmar.
Despite almost 24 years of living in Malaysia, nostalgic feeling still prevalent especially reminisce parents and siblings at home let alone now people are being oppressed.
He said he missed sticky rice and fried chicken dishes her mother, but the menu between the two last touched because he supplied his mother when he fled from Myanmar.
“I still want to return to their country of origin if someday destined Myanmar was safe, I still have family and siblings who have long missed.
“Wherever I go away, because Myanmar is still at the heart of the country I was born and raised until the age of 17 years,” he said.
According to Zafar, he is married and has three children aged three to 10 years of marriage with the people of Malaysia and now his life is more comfortable and has a grocery business with his wife.
Recounting his experience, Zafar said, many painful experiences lived before arriving in Malaysia when he between whom the Myanmar government for being a leader of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who loudly demanded Rohingya rights.
“I was beaten and locked in a dark room by the Myanmar military, because the volume of speech demanding the rights of the Rohingya.
“But, thank God I escaped. Armed with a little money, I decided to migrate to Malaysia via Thailand in 1992.
“But, it’s not that easy when I was arrested 15 times since the country’s authorities do not have the documents themselves, but the government is concerned with helping me get cards United Nations for Refugees (UNHCR),” he said.
Zafar, who is also president of the Association for Human Rights Rohingya Malaysia (MERHROM) said that, before marriage, a job he did for a living, and his first job at a recycling plant in Klang.
He said business is currently expanding its retail stores and received locals who never neglected her.
He said his grocery store sells dry and wet opened eight years ago in a shop lot near Taman Cheras Utama apartment.
“Many alleged impassable because of my status as Rohingya, lucky wife’s family helped manage the retail store including borrowing money to purchase capital goods.
“I used to ride a motorcycle to go buy merchandise, pity my mother-in-law ordered to pay her car worth RM4,000 for business affairs.
“Alhamdulillah after much conjecture passed, grocery stores are gaining good Rohingya community here and the locals,” he said.
In addition to managing busy grocery store, Zafar, who is also active in the field of social and community services Rohingya in Malaysia.
He said the absence of valid documents from the Malaysian government limited the movement of people in this country, especially for a living, find work and education.
“I ask the government to provide legal documents to enable people to move freely Rohingya bit like a vehicle license and foremost allow children to get an education.
“Due to the absence of legal documents, we are difficult to find work. And because it is also a violation of the Rohingya people to survive, “he said.
Zafar clear again, if given the chance she wanted to pursue a higher degree in political science when he delayed in Myanmar.