By M.S. Anwar
Friday, April 25, 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia– Charity Right, a Malaysian NGO, in an official partnership with Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC) distributed relief aids to Rohingya and Burmese Muslim refugees living in the territory of Kuala Lumpur and the state of Selangor in Malaysia on 24th April 2014 for the 9th time. Some 500 refugee families came from the regions like Cheras, Klang and Ampang of the said states to receive the aids.
“We, Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC), started our official partnership with Charity Right, a faction of Malaysian NGO- Mercy Mission, on 6th November 2014 with a view to providing reliefs to Rohingya and Burmese Muslim refugees in Malaysia. They have been languishing and struggling hard for their survival for years. After 2012 violence against Muslims, the situation of Muslim refugees from Myanmar became worse. Thus, we have been trying our best to help these vulnerable refugees” said Mr. Mohammed Sadek, Program Coordinator of RARC.
Around five hundred refugee families living in Cheras, Klang and Ampang arrived at Kampung Tasik Tambahan (a village) of Ampang region of Selangor state. Relief program started at 10AM and was successfully over at 1PM on 24th April 2014.
“This is the 9th times that we have provided aids and reliefs to the refugees. We used to provide reliefs to 80 families per times. But this time, we provided to 500 families. Food reliefs are especially basic commodities such as rice, sardine, condensed milk, sugar, oil, salt etc. On top of that, we are trying to set up some formal educational institution for Rohingyas and Burmese Muslim refugees here. Simultaneously, we are in talks with several NGOs, Educational Institution and multi-media institution so that we can provide leadership and development trainings to the Muslim refugee youths in Malaysia” added Mr. Mohammed Sadek.
“We are not only helping Rohingyas but also other refugees in Malaysia. Since Rohingyas are in need of help, I feel proud to be associated in this relief project. We need to help Rohingyas. All Malaysians need to help them. Besides this relief, we are planning to provide schools for Rohingya refugee children” said Mr. Muhammed Azmi who is heading the relief mission of Charity Right.
On the other hand, many Rohingya and Burmese Muslim refugees claim that UN Refugee Agency is reluctant to provide them required protection, shelter and reliefs.
“We have been finding hard to survive here. Hardship in every aspect of our lives!! We don’t receive required assistance from UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). They have simply ignored us. After this program started, we feel somehow relieved but this is not enough. We need to improve other aspects of our lives as well” said a refugee as she came to receive her portion of the relief.
Since the violence against Rohingyas and Burmese Muslims in Myanmar started in 2012, the refugee crisis in Malaysia, especially of Muslim refugees from Myanmar, has severely worsened. They have been falling victims in the hands of human trafficking rings in Thailand and Malaysia. Besides, in Malaysia, they have been facing employment problems and no access to education. And hardly does UNHCR Malaysia provide them required protection. All in all, their lives are heading nowhere and hence, their future is in limbo.