Malaysian PM seeks assistance over migrant crisis

Malaysian prime minister asks international leaders for assistance, urging them to help solving migrant crisis

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Rzak has sought assistance from Japan and other countries to help solve the Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis, saying it requires “an international solution.”

Rzak, during his visit to Japan held talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday.

"I also took the opportunity to brief the latest challenge that we have, which is the boat people Rohingyas," Rzak said.

"It is also an international problem, which requires an international solution, therefore anything Japan can do to help us alleviate this problem will certainly be very much welcome," Rzak added.

The PM said he was “deeply concerned” by the discovery of mass graves of suspected illegal migrants in Northern Malaysia and promised to find those responsible.

Police have announced the discovery of over 100 grave sites stretched over 30 locations known to be detention camps in the past. The locations have been identified as routes used by people smugglers.    

In early May, Thailand authorities also found grave sites on their side of the border. However, these are the first found on Malaysian land.

Malaysia and Indonesia staunchly rejected boat people at first, however they have recently given in to international pressure. Now the migrants may register for asylum on Malaysian and Indonesian shores.

Japan’s PM praised the initiative saying it is an act of "acknowledging the dire humanitarian circumstances with regard to the current development concerning the irregular movement of people."

Human rights groups are accusing Malaysia of not doing enough to curb people smuggling.


TRTWorld and agencies