Hamzah: Rohingya community in Malaysia has no rights – they are illegal immigrants, not refugees

Hamzah commented on the existence of organisations purporting to represent the Rohingya community in Malaysia. Source (pic): TTF Files

حمزه: اورڠ روهيڠيا د سيني تياد حق – مريك ڤنداتڠ حرام، بوكن ڤلارين

Malaysia does not recognize the Rohingya community here as refugees, but illegal immigrants.

This was revealed by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hmzah Zainuddin, who said it didn’t matter if they held the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) identification cards.

“Any organisation that claims to represent the Rohingya ethnic group is illegal under the RoS Act, and legal action can be taken.

“Therefore, Rohingya nationals who are holders of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) card have no status, rights or basis to make any claims on the government,” he was quoted as saying.


Malaysia does not recognize the Rohingya community here as refugees, but illegal immigrants.

This was revealed by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hmzah Zainuddin, who said it didn’t matter if they held the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) identification cards.




Hamzah said this when commenting on the existence of organisations purporting to represent the Rohingya community in Malaysia.

According to him, these organisations are invalid by law as they were never registered by the Registrar of Societies.

“The Home Ministry has made checks with the RoS and found no organisations under the name ‘Rohingya’ are registered in Malaysia.

“Any organisation that claims to represent the Rohingya ethnic group is illegal under the RoS Act, and legal action can be taken.

“Therefore, Rohingya nationals who are holders of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) card have no status, rights or basis to make any claims on the government,” he was quoted as saying.

On Sunday, the Rohingya Society of Malaysia (RSM) issued an apology to the Malaysian Government of Malaysia (GoM) and its people on behalf of the refugee community for demands made by its members.

The group’s deputy president, Abdul Ghani Abdul Rahman, said the Rohingya community in the country fully acknowledged their status as refugees.

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But given Hamzah’s statement, this itself is a misconception as the GoM recognises the Rohingyans only as illegal immigrants, not refugees.

The brouhaha began when a number of individuals claiming to represent the Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation made certain demands to the GoM, including equal rights, job opportunities, health access and education.

The demands triggered outrage as Malaysians took to the social media, demanding that the GoM repatriated all Rohingyans and stopped accepting them.

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