And neither did the Vietnamese refugees want to stay in Malaysia. They headed on to Australia and other Western countries. They were economic refugees.
Thousands of Sri Lanka Tamils too have recently sailed to Australia to seek asylum. They would rather sail a distance of roughly 5,000 nautical miles to Australia than sail to across the Palk Strait separating Sri Lanka from Tamil Nadu, India which is only 35 nautical miles wide.
MAP: Sri Lanka to Australia
MAP: Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu, India
If the Sri Lankan Tamils are really escaping a humanitarian crisis, then why not take refuge with their kinsmen across the narrow Palk Strait in India who share the same Tamil language, culture and religion? Why the need to sail all the way to Australia?
Historical background as to how the British imperialists imported Bengalis into Burma just like the British bringing Indian indentured workers into Malaya to tap rubber and do manual labour – HERE
Marina Mahathir’s tweet below demanding for our government to “show leadership” – which implies following her prescription on dealing with (these) ‘illegal immigrants’.
Marina also retweeted, “So many racists in the comment section” referring to readers’ responses to the Rohingya boat people story.
The Myanmar migrants paid human traffickers/smugglers to get them here.
Flashback: It was the Mahathir government that refused to accept the Vietnamese refugees back then. Presently Putrajaya has resolved to turn away the Myanmar boat people. But no other country in the world is accepting them either. Not Thailand, not Indonesia, not Singapore and certainly not Australia.
No country wants to be saddled with an influx of Bengali and Bangladeshi migrants by opening the floodgates.
Shamshul Anuar commented @ 2015/05/16 at 7:45 am,
“As for Hannah, she is a hypocrite. She better cook something for these misplaced people. Then she knows how messy it is. Tweeting is easy.“
The Rohingya mostly live in in northern Rakhine state where they make up more than 90 percent of the population of one million there. They make up 9 out of 10 people residing there so they should be the ones in control through sheer majority numbers.