The Agora Society wants Malaysia to be appreciated as “a land of diversity” and therefore to integrate Rohingya into our local communities.
Agora Society is “a loose network of (mostly CHINESE) individuals who (claim they) believe in the principles of democracy and good governance”.
Note: The additional descriptors contained in brackets are inserted by me.
“According to UNHCR, less than 1 percent of refugees are successfully resettled to a third country globally,” said Agora in its media statement today.
Immigration Dept DG Khairul Dzaimee Daud said it much better: Tiada mana-mana negara yang mahu menerima pelarian Rohingya.
Khairul was responding last week to the Sinar Harian June 11 special report – see below – which exposed the whopping RM10,000 payment made by Rohingya to human trafficking syndicates for transporting them to Malaysia.
‘G-E-N-O-C-I-D-E’ don’t you know (erm really?)
Yet Agora still whacked the Malaysian authorities for viewing Rohingya as undocumented migrants and “a threat to public or national security”.
Targeting Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin, Agora asked fatuously:
“How can Malaysia feel proud to champion internationally the cause of the oppressed Palestinians under Israeli occupation while committing injustice to the poor asylum seekers and refugees on our soil?”
“To tell Myanmar refugees to go back to where they came from is akin to sending them to death,” cried Agora.
And following their well-worn “blah blah oh, the inhumanity” script, again we get more of the same from the usual suspects.
Signalling frenetically like virtuous woodpeckers on steroids, Agora said today, “telling them (Rohingya) to go back is an act of cruelty” !!!
For Mahathir and his DAP acolytes like Liew Chin Tong – above – the only issue of “cruelty” with Myanmar relevant is Rohingya ‘genocide’ when actually the country is on the verge of a civil war.
Burmese people of all ethnicities are at risk of dying, not just Rohingya alone. The Tatmadaw allegedly burned a Buddhist village to the ground only days ago.
Almost all of the 240 houses in kampung Kin Ma were razed on Tuesday, leaving over 1,000 homeless Buddhists to shelter in the forest — watch below.
Other Muslims accepted in Myanmar leh
Norman Fernandez wrote in Malaysiakini three days ago, “the crisis in Myanmar is not a religious conflict” but an ethnic one.
Commenting on a June 17 article, Norman said: “In Myanmar, there are the Panthays (Chinese and Burmese lineage) Muslims, the Zerbedis (Indian and Burmese lineage) Muslims and even the Pishus (Malay and Burmese lineage) Muslims.”
”All the other Muslim ethnic groups can live in peace with the majority Buddhists and are even assimilated into the Burmese society. But, not the Rohingyas, who are not only despised by the majority Buddhist but also by all the other minority ethnic Muslim groups”, the former Johor politician said.
“Worst they cannot even live in peace with the host community [in Cox’s Bazar] who are fellow Muslims,” he added.
The Rohingya have shown that they cannot co-exist peacefully even with their fellow Bengali in Chittagong and the Agora Society still wants to foist them on Malays here. Huh?
Myanmar’s nationality law officially recognizes 135 ethnic groups as the country’s “national races”.
Bamar, Kachin, Kayin, Kayah, Chin, Mon, Shan and Rakhine are the major ethnicities there.
All the one hundred-and-thirty five listed ethnic groups however qualify as Myanmar full citizens. Only the Rohingya don’t.
Obviously from their long historical association, the successive Burmese governments know something about Rohingya that Agora is not telling us.
BELOW: Rohingya declare they’re “never” returning to Myanmar unless granted citizenship
We’re stuck with a quarter million Rohingya
And they want us to keep taking in more.
Quote: “As we celebrate World Refugee Day today, Agora Society calls on more Malaysians to come forward and provide support to the refugee communities in our midst…” Unquote
Err, no thank you. Not interested in “celebrating” Refugee Day today or on any other day.
Call me when International Cat Day comes around on Aug 8.
Am not mentioning canines lest I get accused of cruelly comparing Rohingya to dogs — i.e. the “Rohingya are human too” howling by Michelle Liu, below, and many other similar examples from Malaysian Chinese keyboard warriors.
They reveal their cheap labour agenda
Latex glove factories, anyone?
Agora Society pitched: “For the benefits of everyone, the government should allow asylum seekers and refugees to work legally.”
”Asylum seekers and refugees already in the country serve as a ready source of labour which could save many business owners the red tape of recruiting workers from abroad as well as the nightmare of paying fees to various agencies and middle persons’” said Agora.
To sweeten the deal, Agora threw some crumbs for the LHDN saying: “It would ensure their access to a decent livelihood, and the government could also collect taxes from them if the tax threshold was met”.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
I do not see how Agora’s proposal above will benefit the Malay B40. I can see it benefiting Chinese factory towkays.
These human rights or “anti-inhumanity” advocates urging us to allow Rohingya to work and providing refugees “with opportunities of empowerment” think they can get their way if they scream “xenophobia” at those who disagree.
“One only has to look at the irrational, hysterical and xenophobic responses of many Malaysians to the fake news of the Rohingya refugee community demanding Malaysian citizenship last year,” said Agora blaming locals for opposing the illegal Rohingya settlements.
Yeah right. To the pro-Rohingya activists, a majority of Malaysians are “irrational, hysterical and xenophobic”.
Agora argues that “the Malaysian economy is heavily dependent on migrant labour. The Malaysian Employers Federation, for instance, has long been advocating refugee work rights”.
This same Persatuan Majikan Malaysia was reported by Utusan on June 12 as stating last year “terdapat lebih kurang 3.3 juta PATI berbanding 2.2 juta pekerja yang berdokumen. Statistik ini amat mencemaskan lebih-lebih lagi lebih 200,000 PATI Rohingya tidak dapat dikesan” — see screengrab below.
The Agora Society thump their chest about responding to the needs of refugees, caring about Rohingya and selflessly standing “ready to fill the gap”.
What the Agora and its ilk really see is the Rohingya and other asylum seekers “as a ready source of labour” to do work on the cheap.
The manufacturing sector would welcome them.
Same like the British’s view of the Bengali labourers they imported en masse into the Arakan, and the colonial legacy they left behind in Burma up until August 2017.
When Agora talks today about integrating Rohingya into local communities, it is the local Malay ones like those in Selayang and Seberang Jaya being pressured to absorb them.
It is not the rich Chinese gated communities that are living with the Rohingya in their midst.
But it is certainly the capitalist class reaping lucrative profits from operating their factories on foreign labour.
Quote: “Asylum seekers and refugees already in the country serve as a ready source of labour which could save many business owners the red tape of recruiting workers from abroad as well as the nightmare of paying fees to various agencies and middle persons.’” — Agora Society Unquote