Resolving the Rohingya issue
|Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has full confidence in the UN High Commissioner of Refugees Filippo Grandi in dealing with the Rohingya issue. Bernama photo|
By Roy Goh
September 24, 2016
Malaysia may be able to host them temporarily but Zahid said a more comprehensive plan was needed to resolve their problems and it needs the help from their home country - Myanmar, designated host country, Asean as well as the United Nations.
Zahid said however he has full confidence in the UN High Commissioner of Refugees Filippo Grandi in dealing with the displaced Muslim minority community from Myanmar despite the many setbacks particularly in financial matters.
Zahid and Grandi met on the sidelines in the on going 71st United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.
“On out part together with Asean, an international conference is being mooted for all 10 member countries of the bloc to sit together and discuss to find a solution for the community,” he said.
Zahid said the conference to be organised by the Institute of Public Security and a religious based party will also involve non governmental organisations that has dealt with the Rohingyas before.
Among the issues to be discussed would be the reason why many designated countries were reluctant to accept them.
“Some countries there are many of the refugees and that they were being selective, preferring only professionals, skilled or semi skilled workers.
“This is where we can probably discuss how we could train them and improve their marketability in designated host countries,” he said.
Zahid stressed Myanmar would also be invited so that their opinion could be included in the process of resolving the issue.