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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Take immigrants from Sabah, not Rohingyas, Jeffrey tells KL

KOTA KINABALU - The federal government shouldn’t even consider taking in more Rohingya refugees but should instead decide to take as many as possible the illegal Filipino and Indonesian refugees now inundating Sabah.

This suggestion was made by the president of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR), Datuk Dr. Jeffrey G Kitingan in a statement here in response to the announcement by Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed on Saturday that Malaysia is willing to accept more Rohingya refugees into the country following the increasingly tense situation in Myanmar.

He said that Nur Jazlan himself has shown deep concern when in the same breath he  expressed fears that some Rohingya militants could take advantage of Malaysia’s goodwill after entering the country. Nur Jazlan had said that “the huge number can be worrying to us as there is the possibility that some may be sympathisers of the militants who are active in their country.”

“If there is strong suspicion and worry about national security, why invite danger by accepting Rohingyas who may very well be a Trojan Horse,” Jeffrey demanded.

“By now Malaysia should have been adequately warned and had learned a hard lesson from the way these refugees demonstrated in the national capital on August 30. They were so violent that more than a hundred protestors were arrested.”

“It is now general knowledge that the Rohingyas have a very different culture which is characterised by brashness, impudence and aggressiveness which are the reasons they don’t get along with their Buddhist fellow countrymen in Myanmar,” Jeffrey pointed out. “They simply will not get along with the peace-loving Malaysians. There are now a number of reports which have gone viral in the social media about Malayans’ bad experience with them.”

He said with a lot more refugees being accepted into Malaysia, the country will suffer serious economic and socio-political ramifications, not unlike the ones now happening in Europe with refugees from the Middle East.

If Malaya is really hungry for refugees in addition to the present flood of Bangladeshis there, they should take as many as possible from the hundreds of thousands of the illegal, and even legal, immigrants from Sabah.

“At least our immigrants here are more predictable, although they have caused serious socio-economic problems to us,” Jeffrey added.

The danger with having more Rohinyas is that eventually many of them will spill over to Sabah. And to us that’s a frightful addition to our half-century problems with immigrants from our neighbours.”

Jeffrey said Malaysians should also start asking what the hidden agenda is in the UMNO/BN government wanting more refugees at a time when Malaysia is burdened with so many economic problems. He said the federal government is behaving strangely, doing things which are clearly against the interests of Malaysians.

“Everywhere, Malaysians are saying the open secret that the immigrants, like the Bangladeshis, will be given temporary ICs to enable them to vote,” Jeffrey said. “The UMNO/BN government is so desperate to retain power that it is willing to compromise our national security for the sake of their leaders’ political survival.” (Monday, 11 Sept 2017)

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