“The Home Ministry (Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Jaafar) has said that Malaysia will push back the Rohingya that have arrived in the trawlers. We are waiting to see if Najib has the gumption to stand by his government’s decision,” I posted yesterday.
Only last week (May 14), Wan Junaidi was quoted by Reuters as saying, “I don’t see why we are under pressure. We are doing what we think we should do. We have to consider what our people want to see us doing. They don’t want to see immigrants come into our country”.
Evidently Najib is not standing by his administration’s decision and what his cabinet deputy minister said about giving consideration to “what our people want” (“They don’t want to see immigrants come into our country”).
Ergo, this current administration is not all that concerned with what “orang kita” want. Their decision – see latest Malaysiakini news, ‘Malaysia, Indonesia to allow thousands to land‘ – is aligned to what the churches and the liberal NGOs demand.
My suspicion was correct. The prime minister – as expected – is unable to stick with his own government’s tough talk (cakap aje berdegar-degar tapi dalam sekelip mata flip-flop dah … biasalah tu).
Caved in to pressure, predictably.
The Council of Churches has chided Putrajaya for being “inhumane” and lacking compassion while liberal NGOs (Eric Paulsen et al) slammed and shamed the country’s leadership as “heartless“, “cruel“, etc.
According to Reuters today, the Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said:
“Even though they are a migrant community that is trying to enter the country illegally, and breaking immigration laws, their well-being should not be ignored.”
Aaah, we get a glimpse of the thought processes in Putrajaya.
Malaysians will do well to take encouragement from the example set by the churches of harshly rebuking the government. Their method seems to bear fruit.
If the churches can do this, so can other groups. A lesson learned.
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