Pakatan welcomes proposal to register Rohingyas
Kluang MP says this will help Rohingyas in Malaysia and should also include other refugees.
PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Liew Chin Tong today welcomed Syed Hamid Albar’s proposal to register Rohingya refugees in Malaysia to direct more assistance to them, adding it should be implemented immediately.
“At least we can do something for the Rohingyas here,” the Kluang lawmaker told reporters.
Present at the press conference were opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Amanah communications director Khalid Samad.
Liew also said the government’s response to the Rohingya issue in the past two weeks was “interesting”, but stressed it should be based on principle and not treated as an opportunistic move.
“I urge Najib to also take a principled stand as a leader,” he said, alluding to Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Earlier this month, Najib led Muslim leaders from PAS and Umno and about 10,000 Muslims in a protest rally against the continuing violence directed at ethnic Rohingyas in Myanmar.
Last week, Foreign Minister Anifah Aman attended a meeting comprising Asean foreign ministers called by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, where Malaysia expressed “grave concern” over the violence perpetrated by the Myanmar military.
Anifah noted “reports from many sources alleging arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings including of children, rape by soldiers, burning of villages as well as the destruction of homes and places of worship”.
Syed Hamid, who is Organisation of the Islamic Conference Special Envoy to Myanmar, earlier said Putrajaya needed to have a “special system” to manage the growing number of Rohingyas in Malaysia.
A proper registration system, he explained, would make it easier for Rohingyas to get jobs. There are 50,000 Rohingyas in Malaysia.
Liew went on to suggest that the proposal also include other refugees in the country.
“It’s good that someone from the government has come out with a plan, but we should go beyond that, go on a case-by-case basis.”
Khalid, who also welcomed the proposal, meanwhile pointed out that while Rohingyas are acknowledged by UN as refugees, they could not work.
“So I think the government can do more to help them.”
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