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4 reasons why taking in the Rohingya refugees is good for M’sia

In the past few days, many of you might have been hearing the term ‘Rohingya‘ appear very often on your newsfeeds. And you’ve probably already read a whole bunch of stuff about them. But in case you haven’t basically the gist of the story is that we have a couple of boats full of refugees from Myanmar who want to seek shelter in Malaysia but we turned them away.

 

Not sure what’s been happening so far? Here’s a summary of the Rohingya issue

The Rohingya people made big news in Malaysia recently after it was found out that Malaysian officials turned away 2 boats carrying hundreds of people.

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Quick facts on the Rohingya. Image credit to Aljazeera.

And to help recap, here’s a timeline!

10 MayAbout 500 Rohingya refugees land in Aceh, Indonesia.

11 MayAbout 1400 Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees land in Langkawi, Malaysia, they are detained by Malaysian authorities.

12 MayMalaysia and Thailand increase border activity to hold back tides of migrants.

13 MayMalaysia said will push back refugee boats back out to ocean, unless sinking.

14 MayMalaysia tells Myanmar they have to stop oppressing the Rohingya

Between 15-20 MayOutcry from various parties towards Malaysia’s decision, while Malaysia tries to displace responsibility.

20 MayMalaysia, Indonesia and Thailand release joint statement stating that they will provide temporary shelter for the Rohingya refugees.

So take heart that the latest development in the story is that the Malaysian AND Indonesian gomen have decided that they would no longer turn away Rohingya boats seeking refuge.

Originally, this article was supposed to appeal to the gomen to help the Rohingya refugees, but in the course of writing this, the gomen had a change of heart! What we can understand from the joint statement is that Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand have agreed to provide shelter for a year until they can be relocated.

And one of our readers, Johann, pointed out that the decision to allow them to stay could be a good thing! So yea, here’s a few reasons as given to us by our reader and heavily modified by us! (points suggested by Johann, article written by Johannan, hur hur)

 

1. Najib needs something to look good after everything that’s been surrounding him recently.

With all the negative stuff that’s been surrounding him lately (like 1MDB, calls for his resignation, minor stuff like that), Najib choosing to help the Rohingyans stranded at sea would be a good thing. C’mon la, how can anyone not like you after you go all superhero like, diving into (pun intended) the situation and rescuing all these people?

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This is how we would have started to see him if he did actually did something about the Rohingya situation. Image credit to alditta.blogspot.com

After spending most of the week deflecting the responsibility of the Rohingya issue on ASEAN (Malaysia is leader of ASEAN for 2015 btw), Najib has finally made some good headlines! And it’s about time too. In this instance, not only has he listened to the cries of his people, he has also done something the internationally community highly commends.

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And despite the statement of the 3 countries (which was released by Putrajaya) stating that the international community should provide support and financial assistance (seriously that just kills the heroism in it), we believe what Najib has done will go a long way in helping his public image. It could have come sooner, but late is better than never. We’re not saying that this should have been his reason for helping them, but it could very well possibly be one of the effects.

 

 

3. We’ve allowed many foreigners to find work here, maybe they can too

So here we have about a few thousand people looking for a place to call home, looking for jobs, looking for a chance to raise their families properly, looking to help contribute to the GDP and hopefully looking to be an active participant in nation-building. We know they’re only meant to stay for a year but surely if they need work, we could integrate them into our already huge migrant worker base?

It is estimated that there are around 2.8-2.9 million (as of Feb 2015) foreign workers in Malaysia as opposed to 1.4 million in 2004 and 2.1 million in 2009. Surely the number will increase as demand increases, so why not consider the Rohingya as an option?

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With the proper training surely they can perform as any other person. Just because they had to flee from their country doesn’t make them any less capable than someone we bring in ourselves right? And with our country always in need of foreign labour, shouldn’t this be a good opportunity to help at least some of them resettle?

And you know what, there are already those among the Rohingya who work here!

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P.S. We’re not saying that this is the main reason we should allow them in, but in the case that there is a labour need, we don’t see why we cannot help these people find jobs. We’re not saying the foreign labour system in Malaysia is perfect but if it can help the Rohingya get jobs, we don’t see why it isn’t worth a shot.

 

4. They’ll need education, and we have unemployed teachers!

So just say that after we take in these Rohingya people we decide that they could be part of Malaysia’s labour force, they would need to be educated or trained to the task. But that means that we would need teachers, lots of teachers, to come in and teach a few thousand people. That is quite difficult because we don’t have a lot of teachers to go around….or do we? 

Well fret no more! Because it was reported that we have about 6000 unemployed teachers (as of Oct 2013) waiting to be posted! It has also been said that this surplus of teachers is due to a lack of vacancies. So let’s just say we take in the Rohingya refugees, and we have all these graduates have signed a 2 year contract with the gomen and can’t really look for work anywhere else, it makes sense to put one and one together.

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Photo credit to Channel News Asia.

But seriously though, even if they do only end up staying for a year, it would do them a world of good to be educated as much as possible. It may only be a year of learning, but they would already be better off than they are now…..Also the gomen gets to provide jobs to unemployed teachers! 

Disclaimer: We’re not saying that all unemployed teacher should be sent to teach them, we just think that it should be an option.

 

5. Malaysia gets to have a bit of good international news for once

If you were to google Malaysia like right now, most of the results would be about the Rohingya refugees. But if you tweak the search settings to show results from earlier in the year, most of the things we see have to do with MH370, or sodomy. The only news that isn’t bad is the Formula 1 Grand Prix (which actually isn’t that good either)

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It was more than a year ago since MH370 put Malaysia in the public spotlight. Since then we’ve had 2 more aviation disasters, a sodomy conviction, and sedition, sedition, sedition. Our country’s decision to do the right thing and take in the Rohingya refugees is a great thing because we finally have some good stuff said about us.

Don’t get us wrong. We’re not saying that that’s the reason we should be helping them but it’s nice to see that we have finally decided to do the right thing when in the public eye of the world.

 

We’ll be doing something good and that should be what matters most

We can build all the convincing arguments we want about how this but we should not lose focus on what is important: That we have gone to the aid of people who needed it.

According to Klang MP Charles Santiago, as a member of the United Nations Security Council, Malaysia is obligated to uphold the Responsibility to Protect, which basically mean we have to help groups of people being persecuted. Also as mentioned earlier, Malaysia is chairing ASEAN this year, which makes it our duty to lead the way.And it’s great that we have, but we hope it doesn’t stop there.

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As our points above have pointed out, if we’re able to provide so many other migrants with jobs and a place to call home, why not them? Don’t get us wrong, we’re sure that there are downsides to taking them in as welland we agree.

It really doesn’t change the fact that we are possibly not ready for such a huge influx. In fact, if we just continue to take them in, Myanmar might continually choose to ignore the situation while more Rohingya people start landing on our shores.

But we’ve gone one step in the right direction already in allowing them to come to our country (at least for the time being). It’s not perfect but it’s a right step. And maybe that’s what we need now, to just take this situation one step at a time. 

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[UPDATE]: You might notice that this article was originally meant to have 5 points. We acknowledge many of you have criticised this article and we apologise that certain things may have been said out of turn. We apologise and thus we have removed one point about Islam (and we sincerely apologise for that) while editing the rest. 

Once again, we never intended for this to be an article about how we could be benefitting from this situation instead of genuinely helping our fellow human beings. But this article was meant to show that we have done the most human thing possible at this point in time and that should be what matters most.

45 Comments

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  2. Shimomura Takezo Wong

    25/05/2015 at 4:24 pm

    When you have lived in Malaysia for 54years, served the country in the armed services for 19years like I do stretching across duties in Europe peace keeping missions to internal security compliance duties[direct actions] then you will understand what i have said.
    More so when my father too serve this country during World War 2, under the Queen’s service,19years.
    My Prime Minister, country right or wrong whatsoever principles, laws of the land they did it for Malaysia until they are proven otherwise no outsiders should poke their nose into the affairs.

    Just like the visits to the Yasukuni shrine in Japan by Prime ministers, ministers or who so ever was paying their respect to all who served Japan in whatever reasons they see befitting their status.
    None of anyone’s business they don’t owe the World/country/people any explanation/apology.

  3. Azim

    25/05/2015 at 3:26 pm

    I am surprised by how hardly any of the commenters seem to have taken into consideration that the Rohingyas’ persecution in Myanmar before saying ‘send them back to where they came from’.

    Obviously, the issue of taking refugees in is a massively complicated and difficult one that shouldn’t be taken lightly or without deep thought and reflection (such as differentiating economic migrants to refugees fleeing persecution). It is important to be smart when dealing with these kind of humanitarian issues. But there is a sickeningly large proportion of negative comments here regarding the notion of taking them in (at least temporarily). Comments that seem to be largely devoid of any critical thinking apart from spouting off of xenophobic ‘don’t want anymore foreigners’ or ‘will cause strain on economy’. Avoiding or dismissing discussion of the humanitarian side of the argument entirely makes me feel a bit sad.

  4. HAIZ

    24/05/2015 at 1:08 pm

    malaysia peope cant feed themselve so whats the point here? is the UN giving us like few billions usd each year to help them ?! human rights and activists have rights to say out things but pls consider the many possibilities faced by other countries whereby they cant accept any humanitarian requests. if they would have done research, then i think they would hav start with the malaysian, fighting for their rights ! this article is just a plain nonsense.

  5. Shimomura Takezo Wong

    24/05/2015 at 8:32 am

    We have enough `sampah` Malaysians, don’t bring in more `imported sampah`; how come these so called refugees don’t go to Singapore, Brunei, Philippines or New Zealand? If you foot the bills for their transportation, accommodation, meals, medical facilities, security & administration procedures then you can make such costly decisions otherwise Don’t try to be too smart, we have to do more for Malaysian first, Charity begins at home; if you have heard about it.

    • kapkaplui

      25/05/2015 at 4:04 am

      Calling others “sampah” makes all your argument useless.

      Who are the ones collect your rubbish, to sweep your floor, to plant your rice, to sew your cloth, build your house.

      Your “life” depends on these so called “sampah”. If they do not matter a thing to you, don’t use anything produced by them.

    • Shimomura Takezo Wong

      25/05/2015 at 8:06 am

      We are not a social welfare country giving FOC services to outsiders not even Malaysian`s, simply said, as a former member of the armed services; I will not allow political/non-political refugees in what ever their reasons; we don’t OWE them a living! Or anything a matter.

    • Jeffrey Read

      25/05/2015 at 9:34 am

      Are you sure that Malaysia is not a social welfare country by any far stretch of imagination? From the way I look at it, beginning with the RM42billion debt & counting economic crisis which is unravelling and will be plunging the country into a tail spin, are Malaysians the “rakyat” not a social welfare net for the top echelons in society? We don’t OWE them a living, you say, but why is it that I am feeling that the “rakyat” actually owe our politicians a living and a luxurious at that!

    • kapkaplui

      25/05/2015 at 2:25 pm

      Yes, we DON’T OWE them a living, I agree completely on that. But does it mean what we shouldn’t even HELP them at all. If Malaysian should only consider the benefits of our own, why are we donating money and manpower whenever there is a disaster, such as tsunami, earthquake and typhoon in foreign country. All this is none of our concern, let them suffer on their own. Is that what you believe in?

      And not to forget, we accepts others help in our own disaster too, how about our Kelantan flood? The reason for them to come to Malaysia may not due to natural disaster, but racial persecution is far worst.

      If you are a Chinese as I am, do remember our roots and why we are here in Malaysia. Once upon a time, our ancestor could even feed themselves and they left home to unknown land in search of what? Wealth? Rights? No, just to survive, to be alive. We should be the ones that understand them the most.

      All of us, individuals or as a nation have our limited capacity in offering our help, What we need to understand is how much we CAN and CANNOT do, and to offer what we can to others.

    • Shimomura Takezo Wong

      25/05/2015 at 4:50 pm

      All this, is due to Westernization from the early 16th.centuries to the so called Globalization presently happening in Asia.
      Don’t be impressed by whiteman principles, foreign policies, influence.
      My grand father came to “Nanyang” because the Han people-Ming dynasty(276years) lost the land to the `Qing dynasty-northern barbarians’; these were not Chinese-Han people who ruled China after 1644, for 267years.
      The Manchus do not need to pay taxes whereas the rest do & particularly the Southern provinces.
      And they sold the land+people to opium, corruption, human trafficking & to 7 other white man’s country carving out Our Land with their law & lifestyle.
      By birth I am hokchew, biologically Chinese but I have adopted Japanese culture, ways of the sword, Confucius teachings & self-sacrificing patriotism.
      Banzai, Banzai 2 !

    • kapkaplui

      26/05/2015 at 6:41 pm

      What white men principle are you rambling???

      What I have mentioning is the simplest form of of human principle, HELPING THOSE IN NEEDS!

      What Han-Manchu history is related to my argument and the refugees (I’m well verse on that btw). It is about us!

      Our history is IN MALAYSIA, not in China.

    • Shimomura Takezo Wong

      26/05/2015 at 8:52 pm

      Go study history young man & research on why Imperial Japan came to SEA, also the history of China from Ming, Qing dynasty, the period during 1911>1941>1945>1949; why & what Westernization has done to China.
      When you have put your life in harm’s way serving country in the armed services then you talk about human principles.
      My history from my grand father (came to Nanyang at the age of 19 member of Tong Meng Hui ) comes from Our Land, my father was born here in 1922, still alive; you don’t have to info me on the role of the Imperial Japanese Army in Malaya, my father was a British signals officer 6months before the War came to our shores up North, after British surrender, he hid & fought with Detachment 101 until 1943 when he was captured wearing civilian seeking food for all in the jungle hideout & imprisoned+tortured to locate the radio transmitter; was never revealed,until British returned upon cessation of hostilities,released as POW, returned to unit transferred to Hong Kong completed service in 1960 returned to Malaysia & given citizenship.
      When I reflect history 100years from China, why my grand father came to Malaya, to World War2, Period of revolution in China: Sun Yat San, period of warlords Yuan Shih Kai+Chiang Kai Shek; to 1949.
      When China became a country but was only a nation back during the late 1800`s, then you would know better the Chinese heritage & history, Japan’s role in WW2; without Japan most of Asia will not gain self rule.
      Go read up before you argue on these facts written by whiteman himself not Japanese.
      I still say Banzai, Tenno-hei-ka, banzai, banzai.
      I would prefer the Japanese to have form the government in Malaya to Malaysia present.
      Go digest & think about history of Malaya.

    • Jeffrey Read

      25/05/2015 at 10:08 am

      Perhaps a better way to prevent such “excursions” is for the gomen to stop advertising “High Income Nation” or whatever that means, which I suspect is sending the wrong messages not only to the man-on-the-street but to Asean member or non-member countries, human traffickers and definately cross-country kidnappers and who knows what else will be washed up ashore!

  6. PaK MuZ

    24/05/2015 at 7:54 am

    Yes, we sympathise. But we have enough problem on our plate. Moreover, we don’t want to end up as migrant ourselves in our own country.

  7. wong

    23/05/2015 at 11:32 pm

    Malaysia”s high cost of living is already a nightmare and now you want to add this problem? NOW our income is already one of the lowest and you want to add these thousands or more to lower our income, so do you want to see Malaysia to become the lowest income nation in the world? If we accept them then we are sending the message that our country tolerate illegal immigrants then more people will come to Malaysia then this will open the door for an influx of illegal immigrants…..

  8. Rewarp

    23/05/2015 at 11:10 pm

    Just to counter the voices of those who are advocating for de-facto genocide, yes this is a good thing. Helping people who are in need is the moral high ground. Any other argument on this issue just appears to be a conglomeration of xenophobic racism.

    Malaysia has so much money, we can throw away RM 46 billion on a failed state investment vehicle. I see no reason to use some money to help people, who may or may not eventually contribute to the well-being of everyone in the country.

  9. leman28

    23/05/2015 at 5:54 pm

    There is a saying: in the rush to be heard, EVERYBODY forgets to ask, WHY and HOW did they become boat people in the first place?

    Here’s why from the mouth of a Bangadesi: It is all caused by over-population. ( By 2013, Bangladesh has a population of 156 million, which represents an increase of 1,9 million people compared to 2012.)

    Yes, that’s the root cause, people!

    Call it what you will – the essence of it all is they are economic migrants.

    All the other excuses are attendant excuses – like making mitigations in a court case when you are asked to provide a defence after a case has been made against you.

    When is it Malaysia’s problem? Why should it be Malaysia’s problem?

    Malaysians emigrating for economic reasons go through the proper channel. All of them say they are looking for a better future, just as the boat people are now saying.

    And, if Malaysians are not careful about protecting the future generations from falling into the same trap – Malays make up about 70% of our population, and the average Malay household has 5 heads to feed – future Malaysians will themselves add to the figures of international economic migrants.

    By the way, in a space of about 10 years, Malaysia’s population shot up from 23 million to the present almost 30 million.

    We once had the same population as Taiwan, but we have not progressed economically with the same number of population – except increase the number of people.

  10. Mdesyeticamat Mat

    23/05/2015 at 4:01 pm

    We are all humans. Treat them all. That’s all.

  11. Karen Lok

    23/05/2015 at 2:50 pm

    Malaysia, boat people yes of course we must be compassionate and save them, but how much are we being fooled. if not our Malaysian will face all sort of sickness.

    Please send these refugees back to their country as soon as possible, action should proceed immediately and their would die in boat. There should know our country facing economy problems
    shouldn’t come here. Malaysians people’s very kind and always give a landing handing and heel.
    We want our country leave in peace. No No No do not accept them if you are kind hearted
    peoples. Let themself know how to leave in their own country.

    Will not accepting these refugees and giving them jobs encourage 100,000 of them to come running to Malaysia shore. They will be greater boatload of these people coming. Then, if these people are released to the public, will they naturally become law abiding people or will they start committing crime like stealing, snatching handbags, smuggling human or become traffickers themselves. It is not only the good points you must look at but also the downside. And if hundreds of thousand come here, and after that they will set up stalls all over the roadsides and cause congestion. Already Malaysia is very congested with hours of jams.
    Will it not incur huge expenses if more will to follow. Surely those families left behind in Myanmar will come here if they know that Malaysia welcome them and even give them jobs.

    NO…NO…NO…Enuf is enuf, Malaysia is more like a whole Asean in one right now, do we need more? Gov. should try to stop foreign workers and other foreigners to come in, they should be stop and send them all back their country. We hardly see our own Malaysian in the streets right now, PLEASE STOP IT. This could be a political issue where they bring all this idiots in, give them an IC, vote and the gov can remain in power, they dun even bother about the bad scenario they bring to Malaysia. We should all gather and vote those poitical who wants to send ALL this foreign workers back and let Malaysian have bigger oppurtunity to work in our own Malaysia.

  12. chase lee

    23/05/2015 at 1:21 pm

    The article is irresponsible and total nonsense !

  13. lina

    23/05/2015 at 11:59 am

    NO…NO…NO…Enuf is enuf, Malaysia is more like a whole Asean in one right now, do we need more? Gov. should try to stop foreign workers and other foreigners to come in, they should be stop and send them all back their country. We hardly see our own Malaysian in the streets right now, PLEASE STOP IT. This could be a political issue where they bring all this idiots in, give them an IC, vote and the gov can remain in power, they dun even bother about the bad scenario they bring to Malaysia. We should all gather and vote those poitical who wants to send ALL this foreign workers back and let Malaysian have bigger oppurtunity to work in our own Malaysia.

    • ATA

      23/05/2015 at 12:48 pm

      And you are a prime exams of what is known as Xenophobia. You hardly see any of your own Malaysian? Hmmm interesting.
      Malaysia needs foreign workers because they are the only ones who are ready to work for peanuts with long hours. The government should strictly regulate them, that’s what u can agree with.

  14. AMVIDIA

    23/05/2015 at 11:58 am

    keep taking them more banglas will come posing as rohingyas

  15. SKE

    23/05/2015 at 11:55 am

    We cannot keep watching people dying at our shores. We must render them humanitarian aids first for sure. We also must find ways through UN and Asean to place these people somewhere safe to carry on their life. This is defiantly in the hands of the Burmese Government . We can’t be simply accepting them into our country as this will later infringe into our social issues. Our Government have to look into the long term issues like jobs, housing, health education as some. I think we have enough issues with legal and illegals from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Thailand to name a few. Unless someone thinks their coming here will increase certain population.

    • Johannan Sim

      23/05/2015 at 2:08 pm

      Hi SKE, thank you for your opinion. Forgive me if this article gave the impression that we totally discard the costs that come with taking these people in. I totally agree that that we have plenty of issues to consider that may cause this situation to be more harmful than good.

      Perhaps in attempting to inject more optimism to this situation, the article ended up sounding ignorant. I apologise for that and thus have made amendments to better explain the point of the article at the end.

  16. suthulapee kolipee

    23/05/2015 at 11:36 am

    more are on the way, many many ” fraudulent” mayanmarese are taking advantage of the situation to enter Malaysia, boat people yes of course we must be commpassionate and save them, but how much are we being fooled, Malaysia is the country easiest to enter and work even without valid documents, if you have some money you can open up a buisness selling or cooking food.

    We must ask ourselves why has the Mayanmarese govt so silent on the situation, not a single peep from them, they have learnt from our Malaysian leaders, that silence works wonders

    There is no war in Mayanmar, or any kind of serious unrest, its only because the “buddhist” govt supposedly is refusing to recognise the rohingyas as equals, is that really true?, theres something not quite right here, why did Dr Mahathir lobby so hard for Mayanmar to be accepted into Asean?, why has Penang now been chosen as the state to house these rohingya boat people?, The ghost of Project IC is still not exorcised yet? are we going to see what happened to Pairin Kitingans govt happen in Penang? or other states?

    • Tony Suppiah

      23/05/2015 at 2:02 pm

      You are very sharp.

  17. Bub Deleo

    23/05/2015 at 11:21 am

    I’ve got a better reason: do we really want their deaths on our conscience?

    Those people who say “don’t let them in” either have not considered what happens to them, or do not care. I am not sure which is worse.

    Do we really want to let 8000 people die at our door steps, and then wash our hands of the whole thing saying “not our fault, we didn’t ask them to come”?

    Mr Sim pretends that the only possible choices are “let them drown” or “give them citizenship and IC”. This is false. People who want to turn us into monsters tries to convince us thus. “If we don’t gas all the Jews, they will take over the world”.

    We can let them land, but not let them then roam the country at will. Just imagine what happens if one of us tries to fly to America without a visa. They will not be pulling out their hair trying to decide whether to let you into their country and give you citizenship, or to throw you in the sea to drown. They will arrest you. Simple.

    • Johannan Sim

      23/05/2015 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Bub Deleo, thank you for your response. I apologise if I’ve written the article in such a way that the solution becomes an either or situation. I agree with you that while we help them, there are lines and boundaries that we need to maintain.

      I have made changes to the article and I hope that the article now portrays a more reasonable approach, one that doesn’t require us to do more than we are able to, yet considering the possibilities of helping them.

      Once again, I apologise that my initial article seemed very dualistic in nature.

  18. aiyah

    23/05/2015 at 10:31 am

    You sound sicked, you look sicked and you are even artificially stupid – cheap trill !

  19. Izwan Rahman

    23/05/2015 at 10:26 am

    (shivers) NEED… SARCASTIC… ENERGY…!

  20. MC Chan

    23/05/2015 at 10:22 am

    We should proud for our PM because he so mercy taking GST and summon money from our suffer people rakyat then saving refugee…umm…find no words to say……

  21. MC Chan

    23/05/2015 at 10:19 am

    talk much no point..is that cut NAJIB and ROSMAH salary and own pocket saving as hero for pay the BILL of Rohingya? still the rakyat….why? what? How? When? DIED PLUS DIED we death together.

  22. MC Chan

    23/05/2015 at 10:18 am

    talk much no point..is that cut NAJIB and ROSMAH own salary and allowance as hero for pay the BILL of Rohingya? still the rakyat….why? what? How? When? DIED PLUS DIED we death together.

  23. MC Chan

    23/05/2015 at 10:17 am

    tall much no point..is that NAJIB and ROSMAH pay the BILL? still the rakyat….why? what? How? When? DIED PLUS DIED we death together.

  24. Mister Godiva

    23/05/2015 at 10:11 am

    humanity first, politics second. we are just rescuing these people, lets not jump the gun and talk about accepting them as citizens. because that’s kind of immature.

  25. Mister Godiva

    23/05/2015 at 10:10 am

    perhaps the writer is trying to be humorous, but he misses the fact that we are dealing with humanitarian crisis and ethnic cleansing of genocidal proportions and need to respond with all the humanity and empathy that would be expected of a great nation. its sad that there are so many bigots commenting below as well. almost shocking.

    • Johannan Sim

      23/05/2015 at 12:57 pm

      Yes, maybe I was trying to be humorous. And I do apologise if this article ended up sounding like it was downplaying the severity of the situation. But the point of the article was to point out that we have done something right in taking them in, not take advantage of it. Thank you though, for your response in pointing out my mistake.

  26. Haphap

    23/05/2015 at 9:39 am

    Will not accepting these refugees and giving them jobs encourage 100,000 of them to come running to Malaysia shore. They will be greater boatload of these people coming. Then, if these people are released to the public, will they naturally become law abiding people or will they start committing crime like stealing, snatching handbags, smuggling human or become traffickers themselves. It is not only the good points you must look at but also the downside. And if hundreds of thousand come here, and after that they will set up stalls all over the roadsides and cause congestion. Already Malaysia is very congested with hours of jams.
    Will it not incur huge expenses if more will to follow. Surely those families left behind in Myanmar will come here if they know that Malaysia welcome them and even give them jobs.

    • Mister Godiva

      25/05/2015 at 5:26 pm

      who said anything about giving them jobs? arent you being a little presumptious?

    • Bryan Leo

      28/05/2015 at 1:02 am

      Presma was offering them jobs at their indian muslim restaurants – The Star ,21 May 2015, page 6.

  27. Whazz up!!!

    23/05/2015 at 9:24 am

    because they are muslims??? yo..yo.. even the issue of different ethnics in malaysia are trapped with issues, so pls don’t act stupid want to become a big brother by accepting in another ethnic…. you are just adding the issues in….instead you should return them to their righfull place…

    • Mister Godiva

      25/05/2015 at 4:25 pm

      you’re a racist bigot.

  28. Joseph Tan

    23/05/2015 at 9:13 am

    Bad ideas. Short-term joy.Long term head-ache.

    Remember those Rohingya that were in Penang months ago that butchered their fellow Burmese in packages sizes numbering more than 10 before the police discovered them????

    You wan that to recur????

    • Mister Godiva

      25/05/2015 at 4:25 pm

      ever questioned as to why they butchered those Burmese???

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