The Rohingyas have been living in the state of Arakan since the 8th century. When Myanmar and Bangladesh decided upon their country border, Arakan was divided into two – partly Myanmar (population: 1.5m) and partly Bangladesh (population: 200k).
Although they were accepted as part of the nation in the beginning (having allowed voting rights, etc), as power changed, so did the treatment towards the Rohingyas.
End of 1970s, Myanmar launched Operation Naga Min where Rohingya were targeted and massacred in the name of ethnic cleansing. Many ran to Bangladesh. In 1982, Citizenship Law was passed and the Rohingya were deemed officially stateless.
While the Rohingyas in Myanmar are massacred in killing fields, the ones in Bangladesh are limited in their movement and often subject to exploitation.
The women are victims of sexual violence, children are denied education and there is limited access of health and medical aid.
The hostile environment for the Rohingyas in Myanmar and Bangladesh urges them to seek help in other parts of Asia such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
However, these countries are not usually welcoming, yet many still take boats and encounter dangerous journey to Malaysia and neighbouring countries because it is still safer then being persecuted and killed.
Right now, there are thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded at sea because Malaysia and it’s neighbouring countries (except Thailand) decided not to accept them.
Since the majority of Malaysian people are backing up the government on this, I have enlisted 10 reasons why they think the Rohingyas should not be allowed to enter Malaysia.
1. We do not have enough food for ourselves.
Malaysians are already struggling enough having to decide what our next meal gonna be -KFC, McD, pizza, pasta, dimsum or nasi kandar. We just don’t need another problem to worry about.
2. We do not want them spreading diseases.
Malaysians already have many different diseases to worry about – selfishness, arrogance, bitterness, heartlessness, etc.
3. They do not belong here.
The Rohingyas do not belong in Malaysia. Who cares where they belong? If it’s 6 feet under, then there is where they should be.
4. Our tax money is not for charity.
We are already doing charities and donations and posting all about it on Facebook, that’s good enough.
5. Our own comfort should be prioritized.
It is unfair to expect us to sacrifice our comfortable life for someone else even if it means saving a life.
6. Our government knows what’s best for us.
We should trust them with our federal funds, if they say we cannot afford to help the refugees – we should trust them, they know what they are talking about.
Even when the government spent millions to ‘rent’ two pandas from China, I am sure they have bellady good reasons for approving such an investment. If we dwell over it, I guess we can agree that pandas are much cuter than refugees (even if refugees would cost much cheaper).
7. We already have enough foreigners in our country.
We have more than 2 million foreigners currently, working in Malaysia. Shouldn’t matter if they are helping us build Malaysia – the point is, they are foreigners (slaves) and we are citizens (landlords). We need not more of their ‘species’ in our country.
Now, if they are from Europe or the States, it will be a different case altogether because we Malaysians are quite fond of fair skins, blondes and blue eyes. If only these Rohingyas looked like the Caucasians, many would even volunteer to ‘adopt’ them. Remember how we took care of the Bosnians back in the 80s?
8. We have been too kind to them.
Just look at those foreign workers in our country – they earn well, even if that’s half of what we would pay our own people, but its halal, they should be thankful!
And the refugees who are settled in our country – they are free to breathe our oxygen and eat from our leftovers. We gave them nice place to live called ‘the detention centre’ where we even employ security to give them ample protection. What else they want?
8. If we help them, we could lose it all.
Taking in refugees would cost us a lot. They think our money growing on trees izzit? We are already living a hard life, with GST and national debt ballooning every year, how can we ever make our ends meet by giving some space to these refugees?
9. Everyone should follow their destiny.
It is so unfortunate for them to be born as a Rohingya. But if that is their fate, they should accept it as a challenge and continue living without causing nuisance to others.
10. Because I love Malaysia!
Yes, being patriotic is not only about devoting yourself to the betterment of the society and progress of the nation but most importantly to look down on other nations especially those who are economically lower than us. Patriotism isn’t about humanity. Patriotism is about arrogance, self-centeredness and not giving a shit about anyone else.
Take a look at this picture. At one point, it was your ancestor on a boat like this. If they were turned away like you are turning away those refugees today, you might not even be alive to be the arrogant, selfish person you are today. At this point, I would like to state here that I am truly ashamed to be a Malaysian. So cold, so heartless. May God show some mercy on your bitter soul ~ Fa.
Everyone’s asking what can our government do?
Checkout the blogpost below for some pretty interesting suggestions.