KOTA KINABALU: The federal government should not even consider taking in more Rohingya refugees but instead take as many as possible the illegal Filipino and Indonesian immigrants now inundating Sabah.
This suggestion was made by Dr Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan, the president of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR), in response to the announcement by Nur Jazlan Mohamed, the deputy Home Minister that Malaysia is willing to accept more Rohingya refugees.
In a statement Tuesday, Jeffrey said that Nur Jazlan himself has shown a deep concern when in the same breath he expressed fears that some Rohingya militants could take advantage of Malaysia’s goodwill after entering the country.
“If there is strong suspicion and worry about national security, why invite danger by accepting the Rohingya who may very well be a Trojan Horse,” Jeffrey demanded.
“By now Malaysia should have been adequately warned after the way these refugees demonstrated in the national capital on August 30. They were so violent that more than a hundred protestors were arrested.”
“It is now public knowledge that the Rohingya have a very different culture which is characterised by brashness, impudence and aggressiveness which are the reasons they don’t get along with their Buddhist fellow countrymen in Myanmar,” Jeffrey pointed out.
“They simply will not get along with the peace-loving Malaysians. There are now a number of reports which have gone viral in the social media about Malayans’ bad experience with them.”
Jeffrey, who is also Bingkor state assemblyman, said with a lot more refugees being accepted into Malaysia, the country will suffer serious economic and socio-political ramifications, not unlike the ones now happening in Europe with refugees from the Middle East.
If Malaya is really hungry for refugees in addition to the present flood of Bangladeshis there, he said they are welcome to take as many as possible from the hundreds of thousands of the illegal, and even legal, immigrants from Sabah.
“At least our immigrants here are more predictable, although they have caused serious socio-economic problems to us,” Jeffrey added.
“The danger with having more Rohingya is that eventually many of them will spill over to Sabah. And to us that’s a frightful addition to our half-century problems with immigrants from our neighbours.”
Jeffrey said Malaysians should also start asking what the hidden agenda is in the UMNO/BN government wanting more refugees at a time when Malaysia is burdened with so many economic problems.
“Everywhere, Malaysians are saying that the open secret is that the immigrants, like the Bangladeshis, will be given temporary ICs to enable them to vote,” Jeffrey said.
“The UMNO/BN government is so desperate to retain power that it is willing to compromise our national security for the sake of their leaders’ political survival.”