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Malaysia: Seeks Myanmar help on migrant boatpeople

Malaysia: Seeks Myanmar help on migrant boatpeople

Malaysia's prime minister says he will seek help from Myanmar to address the unfolding 'humanitarian catastrophe' involving a wave of people fleeing on boats to Southeast Asia, thousands of whom are ethnic Rohingya who escaped to avoid religious violence and injustice in this mainly Buddhist country.

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday “we are liaising with the Myanmar government to get their response,” according to Malaysia's official Burmese news agency.

“I hope they will give a positive response as the refugees left due to internal problems that we cannot interfere with, but we want to do something before it gets worse,” he added.

Myanmar's cooperation is deemed vital to solving Southeast Asia's biggest influx of boat people since the end of the Vietnam War.

Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand have come under increasing pressure to rescue a wave of starving and helpless Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants after triggering outrage by turning them back out to sea with scarce food and nowhere to go.

Updated : 2021-09-20 08:31 GMT+08:00