KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20, 2016:
Several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) want the United Nations to act against Myanmars in Malaysia by retracting the refugee cards issued to those who are asylum seekers.
Led by Organisasi Penggerak Sosial dan Minda Nambikkai national president Kalai Vanar, the group of NGOs handed a memorandum on the matter to a representative from the United Nations headquarters today.
Kalai said he wanted the inter-governmental organisation to step in and take action in the wake of the recent incident at the Selayang wholesale market.
“We sympathise with them and they can come to our country.
“But at the same time they take advantage of the opportunity given to create problems.
“So what we want is for the UN to immediately cancel all the Rohingyas’ UN cards and send them back to their country,” he said outside the UN’s office here this morning while handing over the memorandum.
Speaking on the incident in Selayang, Kalai said it was a serious matter as the Indians felt threatened each time they wanted to go out.
“We can’t even go inside the wholesale market because of what we see spread on social media and via mobile chat applications.”
Kalai also alleged that the UN had been giving the Rohingya refugee cards with “no restrictions”, but ignored Tamils from Sri Lanka who had also sought refuge in Malaysia.
In doing so, he added, the Rohingyas created problems when they should be seeking asylum.
“And when they are creating problems, the UN should be very efficient in making an effort to send them back to their country.”
In the Selayang incident that took place last Wednesday, five men in two cars fired at the crowd in the market in a drive-by shooting, according to online news reports.
As they were fleeing the scene, the shots hit two Myanmars, a 34-year-old man and a two-year-old boy, both of whom were treated at the Selayang Hospital and were reported to be in a stable condition.
According to The Star Online, the incident led police to deploy officers at the market in the ensuing days to maintain security in the area as there was fear of a clash between Indians and Myanmar migrants.