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Malaysia turns back boats carrying hundreds of migrants

  • Malaysian authorities have turned away two migrant boats crowded with hundreds of people.

    The boats were carrying over 800 Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis fleeing persecution in Myanmar. A few days ago, a boat with over 1,000 migrants landed in Langkawi island.

    Wan Junaidi Jaafar, Malaysia’s deputy home minister, said that the country could not afford to have a surging tide of refugees on its shores. He said that it was now time to show that the migrants “are not welcome here”.

    Tagged as: Malaysian, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Rohingya Muslims, Langkawi island, Wan Junaidi Jaafar, deputy home minister, world news