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Detention centre breakout raises doubts over Malaysia's handling of Rohingyas

A total of 528 people broke out from the overcrowded Sungai Bakap temporary camp in Penang that was housing Rohingya refugees. PHOTO: AFP
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KUALA LUMPUR - A riot and breakout at an immigration detention centre in Malaysia last week has raised fresh questions over the government's handling of Rohingya refugees, with civil society groups calling for a policy review.

The breakout happened at the overcrowded Sungai Bakap temporary camp in Penang which houses Rohingya refugees - stateless people from Myanmar's Rakhine state. A total of 528 people broke out after the pre-dawn riot last Wednesday (April 20) Six refugees died as they tried to cross a busy road, while more than 100 remain missing.

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