M’sian govt stands firm on blocking entry of Rohingya refugees

File photo of former Foreign Minister and currently Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (fourth, right) with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet (third, right) visiting Rohingya children at the Rohingya Integrated School of Excellence (RISE) last year. There are more than 200,000 estimated Rohingya refugees in Malaysia currently. The country has been one of the most generous and compassionate in the treatment of the refugees. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA.

PEKAN, June 27 (NNN-BERNAMA) — The Malaysian government is firm in its stand to stop the entry of Rohingya refugees into the country, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. 

He said the government is maintaining its stand that the best solution is to send them back and the Foreign Ministry has been told to discuss ways to realise the matter.

“We also told the Foreign Ministry to discuss with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as many countries in the world which talked about humanitarianism are not accepting them.

“If they are really fighting for humanitarianism, I am challenging them, to take the Rohingyas in Malaysia as they have questioned and criticised us,” he told reporters after attending a people’s gathering at Felda Chini 3 here today.

Ismail Sabri also did not rule out the possibility of the good treatment by Malaysia earlier had resulted in the country being the choice of Rohingya refugees.

He said the problem with the estimated 200,000 Rohingya refugees in the country would be resolved if developed countries which have been vocal in criticising Malaysia would help take in some of the refugees into their respective countries.

“We have treated them well from the humanitarian aspect , in fact we are among the best in the world. If there are disasters in other countries, we are quick to extend contributions and assistance.

“Nonetheless, do not take advantage of our good intention as the whole world has pushed the Rohingya issue to Malaysia to solve,” he said.

Apart from that, Ismail who is Defence Minister also gave the government’s asssurance to continue tighening the country’s border including illegal crossings such as rat trails to ensure Malaysia is not longer the focus of foreigners.