They are not refugees. Half of the 25,000 boat people are Bangladeshi economic emigrants.
A refugee is defined by the dictionary as “a person who has been forced to leave his country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster”.
There is no war, earthquake or tsunami in Bangladesh. These people should be treated by Malaysia like the illegal immigrants that they really are.
In the smuggler mixed boats, between 40 and 60 percent, are Rohingya. “Virtually all the rest are Bangladeshi” (see CNN chart below)
Hundreds of thousands more will come
“Malaysia must not let Rohingya become our problem,” commented Shamshul Anuar @ May 16, 2015 at 7:45 am.
Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Jaafar said, “If we continue to welcome them, then hundreds of thousands will come from Myanmar and Bangladesh”. Wan Junaidi told CNN by phone that the government will turn them back if the boat is still good.
“We give them food, and drink and fuel and send them back,” he was quoted as saying by CNN two days ago.
Wan Junaidi also said that the Rohingya come with “lots of social problems” and “the sentiment of the people [Malaysians] is completely against immigrants”.
The result of my online poll concurs with what the Deputy Home Minister says above.
‘Should the Rohingya boat people refugees be allowed to stay in Malaysia’ opinion survey has run 42 hours (1-and-½ days) and attracted 413 participants. A clear majority (55.45%) of those polled said ‘No’ while 33.41% said ‘Yes’.
Nonetheless the conscientious objectors are the silent majority whereas it is those against the government and its pushback decision who are loudest.
Cheap publicity seekers
But there are the self-righteous evangelical Christians who lecture others that object to the Rohingya unnecessarily becoming our problem.
These evangelistas want to show the world how colour blind they are and the abundance of Beyond-race LOVE that they wear on their sleeve.
“Tweeting is easy”
Madame ‘Showboat’ Speaker might want to consider first looking into the plight of stateless Malaysian Indians who are the displaced estate workers from the former rubber plantations.
Shamshul Anuar reminded us @ May 16, 2015 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.”
i hate n’sync commented @ May 17, 2015 at 4:02 am, “Well, there will always be people who wear their compassion on their sleeves for personal mileage. You are talking about a politician after all who used her own daughters for a very twisted purpose.”
The many, many Chinese Rohingya sympathizers
The very first reader to comment on my opinion survey posting was HH, who runs the website https://harlequinh.wordpress.com/ (screenshot above). HH’s comment was to lecture the Malays on their hypocrisy.
HH wrote @ May 15, 2015 at 7:26 pm, “While there has been so much indignation and sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians, here, right here, we have the means to make a difference to the lives of the Muslim Rohingyas but yet, such indifference.”
Replying to my comment on the “self-indulgent” evangelista showboaters, HH responsed @ May 16, 2015 at 7:11 pm, “Don’t try to putar belit and villify the Rohingya sympathizers as cowards for not willing to make the ‘hard decisions’, K?”
The Lambs of God and their touched and troubled hearts
Rohingya sympathizers like Tan Zhong Yan started an online petition to the Asean sec-gen praying that sanity and humanity will prevail.
Tan said in his petition, “The only ‘wrongs’ that they have committed were probably that they were being born in the wrong country, wrong ethnicity or having and believing the ‘wrong’ religion”.
Other Rohingya sympathizers are Debbie Loh and Philip Teh who in their online petition speak as “we the people”.
Debbie and Philip want the Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat people “cared for by our elected Malaysian government” (even though it is
suspicious suspect if Debbie and Philip themselves had ever voted this BN federal government).
You can still register your vote above
Never mind, I tell you what. Tak aci lah selalu dok suruh orang lain buat tu dan ni. Instead of mouthing off in the social media and ordering others about, these Rohingya sympathizers can begin with the man in the mirror.
I suggest that since my elected Malaysian government (yeah, I voted ’em) has already said ‘No’, why not Debbie Loh, Philip Teh, Tan Zhong Yan, HH and Hannah personally jemput one Rohingya each – from the tens of thousands waiting in Malaysian camps – and “provide them with shelter, adequate medical care, clothing, food and water”. Praise the Lord for your charity.
Why don’t they put their money where their mouth is?
Those of us Malaysians who say ‘No’ to these illegal immigrants are portrayed by as merciless, inhumane racists lacking in compassion.
On Hannah’s Facebook, where she pleaded for the government to “have mercy”, Facebooker Syed Nasir Hussin responded that Yeoh should use her own money or her own house to host the refugees, and not provide them help at the expense of Malaysian taxpayers, according to a news report yesterday.
“Mereka cuba bawa masuk budaya mereka ke Malaysia. Pengemis jalanan meningkat. Jenayah meningkat,” Syed Nasir said.
Not everybody agrees with Syed Nasir though. Some of the merciful Christians believe that we can absorb Rohingya and Bangladeshi illegal immigrants into Malaysian society.
Hannah says they are only victims punished for being stateless as well as discriminated against based on race and we must have mercy.
Perhaps Hannah can show leadership by example by employing one of them to babysit her daughters.