KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will waste no time in repatriating about 1,000 Bangladeshi illegal immigrants who came ashore in Langkawi on May 11.
Home Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said this would be done upon completion of the documentation of the refugees.
He said the other 400 Rohingya refugees who landed with the Bangladeshis would be handed over to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
"We will send the illegal Bangladeshis back to their country immediately after the documentation process is completed.
"The 400 Rohingya refugees will be sent to the UNHCR as it is their responsibility, including sending the refugees to third countries," he said when met at the Parliament lobby here Tuesday.
It was reported that about 1,400 Bangladeshis and Rohingya, including women and children, arrived in a boat at Langkawi.
Wan Junaidi described the issue of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar as a serious problem which must be dealt with, by the government of that country and it was not under the jurisdiction of Malaysia or ASEAN.
He said Malaysia was unwilling to allow the presence of illegals to burden the country.
"We are facing the problem of an influx of millions of illegals in the employment sector. This has resulted in the local society facing employment and social problems, and diseases brought by the illegals.
"I am giving a clear signal that illegals are not welcome to this country and the Rohingya refugee problem is Myanmar's problem," he said. - Bernama
Comments : I do agree with Home Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, The Malaysia and the world the difference between Rohingya and Bangladeshis ! Most Bangladeshis enter Burma illegally and they joined to boat together with Rohingya to Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia ! Rohingya speaks good Burmese but Bangladeshis don't ! I met many Bangladeshis using Fate UNHCR cards and they cliam themselves Rohingya ! This is not a good fact for Rohingya .