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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 | MYT 7:17 PM

Cabinet: Rohingya in Malaysia will not be sent to Bau and Serian

PETALING JAYA: The Cabinet has assured that the Rohingya seeking refuge in Malaysia will not be sent to Bau and Serian in Sarawak, said Datuk Seri Richard Riot (pic).

In a statement on Wednesday, the Human Resources Minister said he had brought up the issue during a Cabinet meeting and that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi gave his assurance that this would not happen.

Messages claiming that the Rohingya would be sent to Sarawak had appeared on social media platforms lately.

Considered to be stateless and often subjected to arbitrary violence and forced labour in Myanmar, the Rohingya are considered by the United Nations as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

As of June this year, there were 59,100 Rohingya refugees registered with the UNHCR in Malaysia, although unofficial estimates are higher.

Violence in the northern state of Arakan against the Rohingya has prompted an estimated 370,000 of them to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh since Aug 25, the UN International Organisation for Migration said.