Saturday, May 23, 2015

Police to ensure refugees don’t threaten national security

Police were extra alert during refugee documentation process and have enhanced security patrols in Malaysian waters.

IPOH: Police are being more vigilant to ensure that the influx of 7,000 Rohingya refugees does not threaten national security, said Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said this was imperative as the force did not have any records on the refugees.

“The police are extra alert during the documentation process (of the refugees) with the Immigration Department to make sure the nation’s security will not be affected,” he told a press conference after attending an assembly of civilian staff with the police here today.

Also present were Crime Prevention and Community Policing Department director Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, Perak Police chief Osman Salleh and Cuepacs president, Azih Muda.

Khalid said police were also enhancing security patrols in Malaysian waters in collaboration with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the Royal Malaysian Navy in light of the influx of refugees from the Indian sub-continent and Myanmar.

Khalid also said the location for temporary shelters to accommodate the refugees had yet to be determined.

“We are still waiting, I think the National Security Council will hold a meeting with the relevant agencies to discuss a suitable location.

“I think the location could be in the northern region as it will be easy to move the refugees. Probably the government can consider Penang in facilitating the agencies to manage the shelters,” he said.

In KOTA SAMARAHAN, Immigration Department director-general Mustafa Ibrahim said the department was ready to place Rohingya refugees at its detention depot in Belantik, Sik, Kedah if instructed to do so by the government.

However, he said so far, there had been no instruction to place these refugees either in detention depots or other temporary placement centres.

Speaking to reporters after presenting Certificates of Excellence to 101 Immigration Department personnel in Sarawak here today, Mustafa said the department would assist in providing human resources as well as placement in the depots as well as documentation.

In KLANG, Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) vice-president, Mohamad Raimi Ab Rahim proposed that Asean revise its policy of non-interference as a solution to the Rohingya migrant crisis.

He said Malaysia and other Asean nations must intervene in the Rohingya issue as well as pressure the Myanmar government to recognise their rights and give them citizenship.

He was speaking to reporters after a ceremony to hand over food and cash aid from the Muslim Charity United Kingdom (UK) to about 150 ethnic Rohingya families at the Rohingya Education Centre here today.