Malaysia 'must not be burdened' by migrant problem, says prime minister

  • Malaysia says that it cannot on its own cope with the surge of Rohingya Muslims from Burma and Bangladeshi migrants trying to reach the country by sea.

    Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak said that while his country was “very sympathetic” towards the migrants’ plight, it “must not be burdened”, given the scale of the migration.

    While no accurate figures are available, estimates suggest that thousands of people are stranded in the sea in South east Asia, after fleeing poverty and persecution.

    Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia have all been turning migrant boats away after providing them with food and water amid an escalating crisis. 

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