A boat carrying suspected Rohingya migrants was detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi on April 5. Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency/AP A boat carrying suspected Rohingya migrants was detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi on April 5. Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency/AP
A boat carrying suspected Rohingya migrants was detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi on April 5. Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency/AP
Thomas Daniel
Opinion

Opinion

Thomas Daniel and Puteri Nor Ariane Yasmin

Malaysia shouldn’t use coronavirus as an excuse to reject Rohingya refugees

  • Fear of forced relocation and the coronavirus pandemic in refugee camps are fuelling new waves of Rohingya refugees
  • Malaysia should not turn them away. It is worth noting that the principle of non-refoulement is aligned with values espoused by Islam

A boat carrying suspected Rohingya migrants was detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi on April 5. Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency/AP A boat carrying suspected Rohingya migrants was detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi on April 5. Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency/AP
A boat carrying suspected Rohingya migrants was detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi on April 5. Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency/AP
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Thomas Daniel

Thomas Daniel

Thomas Daniel is a Senior Analyst in the Foreign Policy and Security Studies Programme of ISIS Malaysia.

Puteri Nor Ariane Yasmin

Puteri Nor Ariane Yasmin

Puteri Nor Ariane Yasmin is an Analyst in Foreign Policy and Security Studies at ISIS Malaysia.