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Nur Jazlan: Malaysia ready to accept more Rohingya refugees

JOHOR BARU: Malaysia is ready to accept more Rohingya refugees following the escalating trouble in the Rakhine state in Myanmar, but is wary of militant factions also making their way here, says Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pic).
However, the Deputy Home Minister said that refugees would have to go through a strict vetting process before they are allowed into the country.
"We will accept these refugees on humanitarian grounds, but the Government is being very cautious about this.
"There is an emerging militant group rising from the catastrophe in Myanmar and we do not want such individuals or their sympathisers to slip into Malaysia," he added.
Nur Jazlan, who is also Pulai MP, said this to pressmen after launching the #KitaPulai mini carnival held at PPR Melana Indah here on Saturday.
He pointed out that there were more than 56,000 Rohingya already in the country, registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
"For those who did not register with the UNHCR, we will be tracking them down under the Tracking Refugees Information System (TRIS)," he said.
On the status of Rohingya children born in Malaysia, Nur Jazlan said his ministry was finding a proper mechanism to solve this.
"If we do not find a way, then their children and grandchildren born here will be stateless, and the only solution left is to send them back to their country of origin, which could take a long time due to the conditions there.
"Hopefully, UNHCR will relocate these refugees to another country, but the process is quite slow," he said.
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