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Malaysians should learn from Acehnese treatment of Rohingya refugees, says activist


Acehnese fishermen (right in boats) tow a boat of Rohingya migrants in their boat off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia's East Aceh district of Aceh province at dawn before being rescued on May 20, 2015. Hundreds of starving boatpeople were rescued off Indonesia on May 20 as Myanmar for the first time offered to help ease a regional migrant crisis blamed in part on its treatment of the ethnic Rohingya minority. -  AFP

Acehnese fishermen (right in boats) tow a boat of Rohingya migrants in their boat off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia's East Aceh district of Aceh province at dawn before being rescued on May 20, 2015. Hundreds of starving boatpeople were rescued off Indonesia on May 20 as Myanmar for the first time offered to help ease a regional migrant crisis blamed in part on its treatment of the ethnic Rohingya minority. - AFP

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians should take a leaf from the book of the Acehnese people on their treatment of refugees, said a human rights activist.  

Lilliane Fan of the Geutanyoe Foundation for Aceh said that during the Rohingya boat crisis in 2015, the Acehnese fishermen took it upon themselves to save the Rohingya at sea.   

Rohingya , Aceh , Malaysia

   

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