Hornbill Unleashed

September 11, 2017

Sarawak says no to housing Rohingya refugees

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

 Datuk Seri Michael Manyin says Sarawak will oppose any effort to house Rohingya refugees. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak will oppose any effort to house Rohingya refugees, state minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin said.

Manyin, in charge of the state education, science and technological research portfolio, was responding to social media postings claiming that the Rohingya refugees will be sent to the Serian and Bau districts.

“We totally oppose it. How can we just accept them in?” he was quoted saying by the Borneo Post on its website today.

The news report did not provide further explanation of the state minister’s objection, except to say the influx of Rohingya refugees would not be good for Sarawak.

In the same report, Bukit Semuja assemblyman John Ilus and Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh dismissed the social media postings as “a rumour, a spam intended to disrupt racial harmony in the state”.

Ilus reportedly said there was no such plan by the Sarawak government to house the Muslim refugees from Myanmar.

“As far as I know, there’s no such thing going to happen. Such postings are irresponsible as they could create racial tension and divide the people.

“We should preserve peace and harmony, and remain united,” he was quoted as saying.

Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency director-general Admiral Datuk Zulkifili Abu Bakar yesterday said his team was stepping up patrols in several areas of the country’s waters to face the possibility of an influx of Rohingya refugees.

The stateless Rohingya who hail from the northern Rakhine state in Myanmar have been described as among the most persecuted communities worldwide.

The Myanmar government has repeatedly denied allegations it is practising “ethnic cleansing” amid outbreaks of violence in the area.

Source : The Malay Mail Online




  1. The presence of increasingly huge numbers of Rohingas are part of a wider political and Islamic agenda of UMNO Baru and PAS. Many had already been given blue IC and registered as voters. UMNO Baru does not care about the social problems so long as the presence of imported voters help them stay in power.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — September 13, 2017 @ 5:33 PM | Reply

  2. Sarawak must not be fooled into helping foreigners caught in between their own country’s wicked politics. By country I do not mean Myanmar which is not home to the hundreds of thousands Rohynga who fled from Bangladesh to Myanmar making them stateless in Myanmar.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — September 11, 2017 @ 6:52 PM | Reply

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