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Rohingya students get new chairs at madrasah

Ethnic Rohingya refugees residing in Malaysia (Photo: AFP)

September 23, 2015

KAJANG: Joy can be clearly seen in the faces of the Al-Madrasah Al-Islamiah Rohingya students yesterday.

They can now study in comfort after receiving chairs, a donation from Humaniti Malaysia which is a newly formed non-governmental organisation (NGO) focused on humanitarian work.

The madrasah has 42 Rohingyan children aged between three and 15 years old.

“I’ll be even happier to attend school now,” said Amirul Amin, nine.

Amirul’s schoolmate Nur Sufiyah Mat Amin was equally delighted.

“We used to study on the floor,” said the 10-year-old.

The students were also given new stationery and treated to a KFC meal by Humaniti Malaysia.

Humaniti Malaysia president and founder Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said the decision to donate to the madrasah was made with the importance of education in mind.

“In the Rohingya’s case, these children can’t go to normal (government) schools as under our law they are considered illegal immigrants,” he told The Star.

“If we do not give these children basic education, then they will become a social problem.

They can become involved with drugs and crime.”

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