Migrants duped by UNHCR card rumours

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  • Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: A large number of migrants assembled in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office here, only to be told that a rumour that UNHCR cards would be distributed Tuesday, was just that.

UNHCR representative Richard Towle told Bernama that he believed some groups were responsible for spreading the rumour and pointed out that the procedure would normally take a longer period.

Brickfields police chief, ACP Sharul Othman Mansor confirmed the gathering was prompted by the circulation of false information on the immigration cards.

"Nothing untoward happened," he said of the gathering involving some 1,000 migrants who began to disperse about noon, upon police advice.

One of them, Abdul Rahman, 30, said he had come from Johor after receiving a phone call from an unidentified person, stating that Rohingyas would obtain UNHCR cards on Tuesday.

Another, who only wished to be known as Thuhaida, said she and three other friends had camped outside the UNHCR premises since 7pm, Monday, only to have their hopes dashed. - Bernama

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