We’re like Australia
Excerpt from a report in The Sydney Morning Herald on 8 Jan 2014:
“Most Australians think asylum seekers who arrive by boat are not genuine refugees and there is strong support for the Abbott government to treat boat arrivals more harshly.
“A nationwide opinion poll by UMR Research shows that 59 per cent of people think most boat arrivals are not genuine refugees.
“The poll, based on a nationally representative sample of 1000 online interviews, shows only 30 per cent of Australians believe that most asylum seekers are genuine refugees while 12 per cent are unsure.
“A strong majority of Australians, 60 per cent, also want the Abbott government to ‘increase the severity of the treatment of asylum seekers’.” (Source: ‘Australians want boat arrivals treated more harshly: poll‘)
The Aussie poll, which sampled 1,000 online interviewees, found that 59 percent did not believe the boat people were genuine refugees. Only 30 percent believed that the asylum seekers are genuine refugees.
The results of my poll replicates Australian public opinion – see above. It’s almost identical percentages – 60.5 percent vs 30.2 percent (my poll).
This is how really the majority think.
But anyway, here is some good news.
Do they want to go to Gambia?
Gambia has offered to take in all the Rohingya boat people.
So the question now becomes – Are the Rohingya prepared to go to Gambia?
We’re been told that the boat people were in a “life-or-death” situation. And that the humanitarian crisis was so severe that they were on the verge of starvation to the point that they were “drinking their own urine”.
This drinking urine story has been widely spread, including by NUCC consultant Wardina Safiyyah @ https://www.facebook.com/WardinaSafiyyah/posts/980657681958572
Another popular story going around is that there are pregnant women and elderly sick women in the boats. However, most of the photos I’ve seen show the illegal immigrants to be mostly men in their 20s to 40s – as reproduced on this page.
Gambia – the Good Samaritan
There are indeed women and children among the boat people as can be seen in the photo above. However the heavy emphasis in the social media on pregnant women and old, sick women is disproportionate.
Nevertheless, if anyone has seen boat people pictures of the pregnant and elderly sick Rohingya women, do please share the link (url) with us here.
If the Rohingya boat people are at grave risk of death or drowning as reported by the Malaysian English mainstream, online and social media, then they should certainly grab the lifeline thrown to them by Gambia.
The population of Gambia is 90 percent Muslim.
Let’s keep updated on the generous offer of repatriation by Gambia.