Rare treat for Rohingya community


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  • Monday, 27 Jun 2016

(From left) Syed Hamid and OIC director-general Dr Yusof Al-Othaimeen giving duit raya to Rohingya children at the Iftar with Rohingya Refugee Community.

THIS is the first time in years that Bulsk Abdullah will have an easy Ramadan.

The 27-year-old Rohingya said that back in her home country Myanmar, where the Rohingya were persecuted, she and her family had always faced the fasting month in adversity.

“Sometimes you only had porridge and water to break your fast with.

“Here, you can break your fast with anything,” Bulsk told StarMetro, adding that she and her two children were happy to have escaped her home country.

She said in Myanmar the Government had made life unbearable for the Rohingya.

“The Government harrassed us, you can't go out, it's hard to find work, you are always fearing for your life,” she said.

The Rohingya community breaking fast at Masjid Saidina Othman Affan in Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras. — Photos: ROHAIZAT MD DARUS/The Star
The Rohingya community breaking fast at Masjid Saidina Othman Affan in Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras. — Photos: ROHAIZAT MD DARUS/The Star

She said she felt safe in Malaysia but was concerned about one of her children that she left behind in Myanmar.

“I feel free and happy here. I am grateful to Malaysians (for accepting us),” she said, adding that she was looking forward to the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri. “I want to buy meat and cook many dishes for the celebration," she said.

Bulsk was one of 800 Rohingya and Myanmar Muslims who attended a buka puasa (breaking of fast) event on Saturday at the Saidina Uthman Ibn Affan Mosque in Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras.

Oganised by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and non-governmental organisation HUMANiTi Malaysia, the buka puasa event saw hampers and duit raya distributed to the Rohingya and Myanmar Muslims in attendance.

OIC special envoy and HUMANiTi Malaysia president Tan Sri Dr Syed Hamid Albar said the event was meant to show the Rohingya and Myanmar Muslim community here that they were welcomed by all Malaysians.

“It is our responsibility as human beings to help other humans who are suffering,” said Syed Hamid in his speech.

He acknowledged the hardships and persecution that their community was facing in Myanmar and that action needed to be taken to solve the situation as it had escalated into a regional crisis.

"There needs to be a dialogue (to address the crisis)," he said, adding that the dialogue needed to be inclusive.


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