KUALA LUMPUR, June 3, 2015:A Malaysian-based Rohingya group, the Rohingya Community Malaysia, claimed that more than 100,000 Rohingyas lived scattered across Malaysia to date. Its public relations officer Noor Muhammad, 46, said the group which was new, aimed to unite all Rohingyas under one organisation so that their voices could be heard. “We want to unite them because right now they all belong to fragmented groups that are not coordinated. This does not benefit us,” he told The Rakyat Post at the 3rd Commemoration of the Rohingya Genocide in Arakan, Myanmar. Humanitarian Syed Amir Al Hady, 63, said the issue of saving the Rohingya was not a religious but a humanitarian one. “These people flee Myanmar because they are being persecuted there. They do not leave the country to search for Muslim countries to live in, they leave aimlessly hoping to find shelter anywhere.”
The manpower consultant said he had been helping the Rohingya community here for more than 10 years with the aim to make better their life. “I have tried to get resources from the government to build them orphanages and religious schools but to no avail. “I have also personally gathered 30,000 Rohingyas and submitted their names for working permits but that also failed. Only a few were processed and the rest were just left hanging,” he said. He said Malaysia had been sleeping on the issue of these people’s welfare in the country because every politician had a different view. “They have conflicting views and priorities, so nothing gets done. “Even some Muftis’ conflict with others when deciding if the community was eligible for zakat (alms).” On the view that the community was closely linked with crime in Malaysia, Syed said it was not odd as the community was brought in but not allowed to work. “They are allowed in the country but not allowed to work, out of desperation, for survival of course, they get involved in crime. What do you expect them to do? “Given the right management, the community could be ‘gold’ to us as a great source of manpower. All you have to do is organise them so they can survive.” He said before the boat that landed in Langkawi, with human trafficking victims of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis, was discovered, many more had reached our shores and the people aboard had successfully entered the country. “I just spoke to a Rohingya father who had been living here for five years and just managed to get his son to come over and join him here successfully, using one of those boats.” He said it was a “blessing in disguise” that the plight of Rohingya had been highlighted, through some of the unfortunate incidents, by the media of late. “The human slaughtering in Myanmar has to stop. The leaders of the world have to do something, and that includes Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. “We have to go to the root which is in Myanmar itself. Asean must look into the human slaughtering. According to the group, on 3rd June 2012, 10 Muslim pilgrims in the Arakan state were massacred and that marked the beginning of a series of terrible pogroms against the Rohingya.