‘Allow boat people to come ashore’

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 17 May 2015

PETALING JAYA: Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat migrants should be allowed to land and given full humanitarian access by the Malaysian, Thai and Indonesian governments, said Mercy Malaysia.

The humanitarian agency said the three countries should also allow humanitarian workers access to deliver much needed aid to those in detention centres, where many of them were currently being held.

“Providing this critical and life-saving humanitarian assistance is the correct and humane thing to do now,” Mercy Malaysia said in a statement yesterday.

It said as the current chair of Asean, Malaysia should lead member states in looking for short-term and sustainable long-term solutions to the crisis through concerted efforts by all the stakeholders.

Caram Asia regional coordinator Mohd Harun Al-Rashid said Malaysia should work with source countries to tackle the issue instead of pushing the boats away.

“Many are victims of traffickers and are just here to work,” he said.

The Bar Council’s Migrants, Refugees and Immigration Affairs Committee co-chairman Datuk M. Ramachelvam said Malay­sians needed to learn not to discriminate against migrants and refugees.

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