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Malaysia is not a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees and has no legislation differentiating a refugee from an illegal immigrant. Yet, there are people living as refugees here. IVY SOON reports on the situation in conjunction with World Refugee Day today.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hopes that Malaysia will ratify the 1951 Geneva Convention pertaining to the status of asylum-seekers to deal more effectively with issues related to refugees here.
The exposure to a multi-racial community since young proved to be an asset for Malaysians working with people of other nationalities, even in a war zone area, said retired naval commander S. Thayaparan.
Police will investigate the allegations made by the asylum seeker Gulam Hassan Anwari in a statement given to the press that he was driven to take his life due to debts he was unjustly forced to pay.
Two taxi drivers related their grim encounter with the Iranian asylum seeker who burnt himself outside the UNHCR office in Jalan Bukit Petaling here yesterday.