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Refugees in Malaysia anxious over KL's plan to shut UN office

Malaysia is not a signatory to the UN's 1951 Refugee Convention and does not formally recognise the status of refugees. PHOTO: AFP
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KUALA LUMPUR - Hundreds of thousands of refugees living in Malaysia are gripped with uncertainty after government officials last week mooted the closing down of the operations of a United Nations body that has been managing Malaysia's refugees for decades.

Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin has proposed using the locally-developed Tracking Refugees Information System (Tris) - developed in 2020 and approved by the government in July - to register refugees, who are formally recognised as illegal immigrants by Malaysia.

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