M'sia to contribute RM10mil to the Rohingya community

AZURA ABAS


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will continue to play its part to address the plight of the Rohingya community.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said various efforts had been carried out to help the community. Malaysia has also announced that it would contribute RM10 million to assist in humanitarian efforts and social rehabilitation projects in the Rakhine state.

“Despite not being a state party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, Malaysia has been consistently providing assistance to the Rohingya people on humanitarian and compassionate grounds,” he said in his special address at the International Conference on Rohingya 2017 tonight.

Anifah said Malaysia had in the past, beyond the humanitarian aspect, expressed its concern about the plight of the Rohingya, which stemmed from the fact that so many of them brave great danger to take refuge in other countries.

“With the advent of globalisation, migration is increasingly common over the past few decades.

“The movement of people from one part of the world to another has brought many challenges and threats,” he said.

The threats from migration, Anifah added, have given rise to one of the more important security concerns faced by Malaysia.

The movement of refugees into Malaysia remains an issue to be dealt with today, he said.

“As of February 2017, there are 149,496 Persons of Concern registered with UNHCR in Malaysia. Out of this figure, some 133,263 are from Myanmar, and of them, a total of 56,458 are the Rohingya people.”

Anifah also highlighted the important role played by the international community in addressing issues involved the Rohingya people.

“I believe the international community’s efforts to urge and encourage the Myanmar government to alleviate the plight and suffering of the Rohingya has borne fruit.

“On 15 February 2017, it was reported that the Myanmar army has halted its security operations in Rakhine and ended a four-month crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim community,” he said.