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Govt mulling Rohingya job opportunities

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Govt mulling Rohingya job opportunities
June 29
16:17 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is considering calls by various parties to give jobs to thousands of Rohingyas in the country, said Minister in Prime Minister department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

He said some of them have been in the country for 20 years with grown up children fit to attend upper secondary and university level and have set up their own schools. “We have received calls to allow them to work. We will consider. But Rohingyas are still bound by the laws,” he said.

He also urged United Nations High Commission for Refugees to constantly have medical checks for its cardholders to ensure they are fit. “I ask UNHCR to monitor those who are unwell. They will receive 50 per cent discount as compared to foreigners because they are cardholders,”

He was answering to an additional question to Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali who asked if the schools set up by Rohingyas are monitored. At present there are 46, 000 Rohingyas in Malaysia.

He said some of the schools are sponsored UNHCR while others are run by unregistered Rohinyas associations in the country.

On the original question by Senator Datuk Seri Abdul Halim Adul Samad who asked the government’s ‘s plan to monitor refugees and action regarding the refugees status after the one year expired, Shahidan said the boat people belonging to ethnic Rohinyas will be allowed to be at the temporary camps in Sik, Kedah.

Shahidan said some OIC countries – Kuwait, UAE, Turkey and Saudi Arabia has pledge their commitment to give financial support to Malaysia’s humanitarian aid to the boatpeople who has been on Malaysian shores since May 10.

Other steps taken are Malaysia also held an urgent meeting on ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime to have a comprehensive discussion to end the humanitarian crisis on July 2.

Malaysia has also sent the refugees for medical checks to prevent any infectious disease from spreading within the immigration officers or within them in the camps and also urged UNCHR to monitor the health of its card holders.

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