The Asian Voice

Please don't send the Myanmar refugees back: The Star columnist

The writer says the Malaysian government needs to have a consistent stance between repatriating the Myanmar refugees and condemning the Myanmar junta.

Myanmar vessel UMS Moattama, which will be used to deport Myanmar migrants from Malaysia seen docked at a jetty in Lumut, outside Kuala Lumpur, on Feb 22, 2021.
Myanmar vessel UMS Moattama, which will be used to deport Myanmar migrants from Malaysia seen docked at a jetty in Lumut, outside Kuala Lumpur, on Feb 22, 2021. PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) This month's military coup in Myanmar shook the region.

Malaysia rightfully condemned this return to military dictatorship, but then in a move that was as deeply disturbing as it was hard to comprehend, took up the military junta's offer to transport 1,200 Myanmar people who were being detained by Malaysian Immigration (the Myanmar military's ships have already arrived in Lumut, and are currently scheduled to bring the detainees back on Feb 23).

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