Burma Times Desk Report: July 02, 2015
There is confusion over whether the Malaysian government will allow job opportunities for Rohingya Muslim refugees.
Many feel that as sympathy for Rohingya Muslims increase in Malaysia, the government might allow some work opportunities.
According to Minister in PM department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, the government will consider allowing Rohingyas to work.
The statement comes less than a week after another ministry categorically stated that there were no plans to allow Rohingyas work.
“If we allow it, there will be manipulation of UNHCR refugees with the influx of more Rohingya migrants waiting at the border to enter the country. If we allow them to work, they will start demanding other needs, such as educational and medical facilities,” said Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Ismail Abd Muttalib.
At present, most of the 46,000 refugees are employed in the grey industry where they mostly work for long hours in dangerous conditions with little pay while at the same time keeping a wary eye on police.