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Turkey offers to help Putrajaya with Rohingya refugees, says minister

May 25, 2015

Malaysia welcomes Turkey's efforts to help the Rohingya refugees, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

He said more nations should emulate Turkey and that the move by the Turkish government had helped lighten the burden on Malaysia and other nations to resolve the refugee problem and help Muslims who are suppressed.

Shahidan said this after the closing ceremony of the 2015 National Muslim Brotherhood Convention in Kangar today. The event was closed by Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail.

Shahidan added that border patrols must be tightened to ensure no refugees enter in Malaysia.

In Malacca, Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam president Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam said Myanmar had a responsibility to resolve the plight of its Rohingya community.

"The Myanmar government must take proactive steps to address this issue as the plight of its Rohingya community has drawn worldwide attention."

He also called on world bodies like the UNHCR and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to do their part in addressing the issue of boat people in the Andaman Sea.

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