Malaysia turns back boats carrying hundreds of migrants
May 14 , 2015
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”.