‘Govt right to turn away Rohingya refugee boats’

MIRI: Several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) here strongly back the action of the authorities in denying entry to a boat carrying Rohingya refugees into Malaysian waters last week.

The NGOs in a joint statement Monday said while they support the action taken, they also feel that a solution needs to be found to prevent any untoward incident.

The statement was issued by Dayak Think Tank Association Sarawak (DTTAS), Dayak National Congress (DNC), Iban Sarawak Association (Pais), Society for Rights of Indigenous People of Sarawak (Scrips) and Persatuan Balang Balai Nyabong (BBN).

“At the same time, we also condemn the actions of certain individuals who made claims that seem to be threatening the government to provide relief to Rohingya refugees in Malaysia.

“As refugees, we advise them to go along with any assistance provided by the Malaysian government,” said DTTAS founder Wellie Henry Majang.