MALAYSIA – The Star Online reports Malaysian Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu commented on Myanmar’s Rohingya refugee crisis and how it affects neighbouring Malaysia, saying “Malaysia cannot afford to bear the burden of so many refugees” in reference to the supposedly over 100,000 Rohingya refugees currently residing in Malaysia.
Sabu went on to note that not all these refugees were registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).
In a meeting with Myanmar’s Defence Minister, Sabu reportedly spoke on the need for Rohingya refugees to be allowed to return to their homeland safely.
The Minister also highlighted Malaysia’s experience with helping Rohingya refugees, recalling how Malaysia assisted the Bangladeshi government in the setup and running of a field hospital at Cox’s Bazar over two years ago.
Sabu added Malaysia wasn’t the only nation who had helped, with the field hospital being a joint-venture between Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Brunei, as well as Bangladesh.
These comments are just the latest call for an end to the Rohingya diaspora. The Rohingya people historically have made their home in Myanmar, and before the crisis of the last decade, millions of Rohingya lived in Myanmar. In recent years, however, Rohingya have been driven out of their homeland and into neighbouring countries, like Bangladesh and Malaysia.