Burma Times Special Report: May 26, 2015
Considered by Rohingya refugees as the promised land, Malaysia has not always lived up to its reputation. The discovery of mass graves in Malaysia comes as yet another wake up call for humanity. When similar graves were discovered in the neighbouring country of Thailand, authorities diligently denied that similar abuses take place in their own country. They have been forced to eat their words this Sunday.
Already Rohingya refugees have expressed gratitude, quite rightly towards activists and common people in Malaysia and Indonesia for sheltering them. Yet the government of Malaysia in stark contrast to their people have tried to play down the Rohingya crisis.
Some sections of the Malaysian media have claimed that authorities found the camps in Mid May but covered up the incident. If that is true, this is an inhumane approach by a country on which Rohingya Muslims depend to help them out of this overall troubled situation. That would also mean that the authorities were blatantly covering the truth while they knew better.
It also reminds us once again that this great nation has corrupt officials who are profiting from the miseries of migrants escaping brutal persecution at home.
According to Charles Santiago, a Malaysian lawmaker and outspoken advocate for Rohingya Muslims, “For decades, we have allowed thousands of Rohingya refugees and migrant workers to cross the borders into our country to work as cheap labour.”