Malaysia to engage in Rakhine on Rohingya return

Malaysia to engage in Rakhine on Rohingya return
Malaysia to engage in Rakhine on Rohingya return

Malaysia would engage in facilitating repatriation of the Rohingyas in Rakhine of Myanmar through ASEAN humanitarian assistance mechanism, Malaysian acting high commissioner Amir Farid Bin Abu Hasan in Dhaka said at an interaction with the media on Friday.

He said this replying to a question at the interaction organised on the occasion of 62nd National Day of the country on 31 August.

Amir said Malaysia was keen to increase engagement with Bangladesh by signing a free trade agreement for boosting trade between the two countries and receiving more tourists and medical service receivers.

On a question on opening avenues for Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia, he said the two governments were working together on the issue.

Mohamad Yahya bin Rahaman, who deals with immigration services at the high commission, said all travellers to Malaysia should obtain visa before their arrival in the country.

Farah Belah Suhaimi, director of Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, said Malaysia has been extending quality health care facilities at a low price, regulated by the Malaysian government, compared to other countries providing services in the same field. Halal food for Muslim health care receivers is an added advantage, she said.

Over 24,800 Bangladesh nationals received treatment in Malaysia in 2018, Farah added.

More than 7,00,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, entered Bangladesh fleeing unbridled murder, arson and rape during ‘security operations’ by Myanmar military in Rakhine, what the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing and genocide, beginning from August 25, 2017.

The ongoing Rohingya influx took the number of undocumented Myanmar nationals and registered refugees in Bangladesh to about 11,16,000, according to estimates by UN agencies and Bangladesh foreign ministry.