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Southeast Asia to Set Up Fund to Help Boat People

Southeast Asia to Set Up Fund to Help Boat People
July 02
17:27 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Malaysian minister says Southeast Asian countries will establish a humanitarian fund to help boatloads of Rohingya Muslim and Bangladeshi immigrants who have recently landed in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.

Malaysian Home Affairs Minister Zahid  Hamidi also says Singapore has pledged $200,000 to the fund at a special regional meeting Thursday on the refugee crisis.

Since early May, more than 4,600 boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have come ashore in Southeast Asian waters. The United Nations estimates some 2,000 migrants could still be at sea after human smugglers abandoned their boats amid a regional crackdown.

Zahid says he has proposed that each Southeast Asian nation contribute $100,000 to the fund.

Note:Changes have been made,The New York Times is not responsible for these.

Source:The New York Times.

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