So. What do you wanna be when you grow up?
It’s now all quiet on the virtue signaling front …
The pro-Rohingya Twitterati have moved on, presently lending their most virtuous voices to other stateless individuals under our media’s 15 minutes spotlight.
Even though Malaysian virtue signallers have the attention span of a goldfish, Bangladesh police – who possess longer memory – have noted an uptrend in Rohingya crime.
At a record high in the Cox’s Bazar sprawling camps are criminal demands for ransom — see Utusan tweet above.
The Malay newspaper-of-note yesterday reported that Rohingya are increasingly involved in the crimes of murder, kidnapping, extortion, drug smuggling and sexual assault.
See ‘Jenayah libatkan pelarian Rohingya meningkat di Bangladesh’ in Utusan online on 17 Jan 2022.
Rohingya refugees are also used as drug mules and pawns of human traffickers, according to Bangladesh police stats.
Two weeks ago, an op-ed in Sinar Harian titled ‘Kenapa Rohingya mahu ke Malaysia dan Indonesia sahaja?’ said there are 200,000 of them registered in our country.
But what about the Rohingya in Malaysia who are undocumented? How many these?
In the Bangladesh refugee camps, more than half the Rohingya are children.
Rohingya women have a higher birth rate than Bangladeshi women. There is no reason to suppose their fertility to be any different in Malaysia.
Rohingya babies are being born daily to stateless parents. They’re becoming a substantial population segment here too.
BELOW: Many, many, many stateless children
Adverse impact of Rohingya on host community
Bangladeshis feel they’re being made to pay a heavy price – see above – because of the Rohingya who are never going to go away.
In Cox’s Bazar, “the locals knew not what troubles awaited them”, reported the Dhaka Tribune on 25 Apr 2020.
The newspaper also quoted Cox’s Bazar Civil Societies Forum president Fazlul Kader as saying the Rohingya have “become a burden”.
Malaysia’s virtuous Twitterati chirping their compassion for aggressive Rohingya children are like a caravan that moves on.
Communities hosting the Rohingya, however, are stuck indefinitely with the uninvited ‘guests’ in their midst.
“The Rohingya refugees and the adversely impacted host communities are stuck in limbo without knowing what will happen to them,” said researchers Anas Ansar and Abu Faisal Md Khalid.
Local sentiments began to shift starting mid-November 2018, they wrote in their article ‘From solidarity to resistance: host communities’ evolving response to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’.
“At this stage, the host community started to prepare for a long haul against the backdrop of a failed repatriation attempt. In this phase, solidarity gradually burnt out, and strong resentment became widespread,” said Anas and Abu Faisal in the Journal of International Humanitarian Action (July 2021).
Citing related fieldwork, Anas and Abu Faisal quoted that “since the last arrival of refugees in 2017, perceptible solidarity and support for the refugees faded away, and resentment against both refugees and humanitarian aid agencies, particularly among the impoverished local population in Cox’s Bazar district, is evident” (Khan 2018).