Chittagong, Bangladesh: A Rohingya leader named Professor Abdul Hamid from Malaysia said over 450 Rohingyas from Arakan State, Burma have landed in Malaysia on December 30, after a risky journey by boat that left one dead.
“This is one of the largest groups of Rohingya Muslims who have reached Malaysia this year,” the leader more added.
A police official from Malaysia’s northern Langkawi Island said the Rohingya boat- people arrived on December 30, 2012 after a roughly two-week journey on a wooden boat.
“One man drowned while trying to swim ashore, while the others are in police custody.”
The official couldn’t say whether they’ll be permitted to stay in Malaysia or not because that he is not a spokesperson.
The UN’s refugee agency has registered about 25,000 Rohingyas in Malaysia. Some came this year following sectarian violence between Rakhine and Rohingyas in Arakan State.
But, around 50,000 Rhingyas have been living in Malaysia including registered and unregistered refugees after fleeing Burma, said a Rohingya leader from Malaysia.
Similarly, Seventy-four Rohingya refugees – most of the Rohingyas are men,14 women and 10 children – fleeing persecution in Burma brought their rickety boat close to Rawai on December 31, looking for supplies – water, 100 litres of fuel and a sack of rice- from Rawai authority to continue their journey to Malaysia. But, still not confirmed they reached Malaysia or not.
Recently, Rohingya people are leaving from Arakan State as they are persecuted intolerably by Burmese security forces after the clashes in Arakan Stae between Rohingyas and Rakhine in June. Besides, the authorities concerned are forcibly collecting family lists and writing “Bengali” in place of “Rohingya” in the column of race, said a local elder from Maungdaw Town