A wooden boat carries suspected Rohingya migrants detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi. Photo: AP

As Malaysia battles the coronavirus, its Rohingya refugees face a torrent of hate

  • There have been a flurry of petitions calling for them to be deported, along with an uptick in anti-immigrant comments on social media
  • Some Malaysians are decrying the resources spent on the Rohingya community, which experts say exacerbates persecution and mistrust
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A wooden boat carries suspected Rohingya migrants detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi. Photo: AP
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