“[T]he totally different reactions between the plight of the Muslim Rohingyas and the mostly Muslim Palestinians or Syrians” was brought up by regular commenter AC-DC @ 2015/05/20 at 12:02 pm.
Rohingya have become a boat people like Vietnamese before them.
Vietnamese boat people were mostly ethnic Chinese. Vietnam was not their motherland. (more…)
The Council of Churches Malaysia is deeply concerned over the plight of the Rohingya boat people and wants the government to stop its push back of them. “It is inhumane to push their flimsy boats back into the open sea,” the Council chided.
“This only adds to the trauma of their already life-threatening situation,” Council of Churches sec-gen Rev Dr Hermen Shastri said in a statement today. (more…)
Najib Razak will have to pay a heavy political cost on the issue of Rohingya if he chooses to disregard Malaysian public sentiment rejecting these illegal immigrants.
Regular blog commenter tebing tinggi remarked @ 2015/05/19 at 11:20 am, “I think we have enough pendatang problem, why adding more?”
Two headless torsos, four legs, two heads, two hands and an arm had been found in Penang among the recovered body parts of 52 murder victims last year. Among the dead, 18 were identified as Myanmar nationals.
Nine men – Bilal, Mohd Rafik, Habibullah, Mohd Rafi, Yassin, Hussain, Maung Maung, Ali and Hafiz – were charged in the Penang magistrate’s court with the killing their Buddhist countrymen.
Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phil Robertson has criticized Malaysia for its “cold-hearted policies”, according to Global Voices Online.
Meanwhile the NGOs are defiant. Eric Paulsen warned that it would be “extremely foolish for authorities to act against aid workers”.
Shamshul Anuar commented, “Hannah talks about mercy, a quality that is alien to her. Of course, mere suggestion is very easy. Try accommodating them in Selangor.”
Shamshul has a piece of advice for Madame Speaker, “Go to the shelter for Rohingyas and start cooking for them. Leave your Prada and handphone home. Maybe then you will understand what is reality”.
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. (more…)