DHAKA — June 10, 2020: Bangladesh has made clear that it will not accept the 269 Rohingyas recently detained in Malaysia because it is not obligated and not in a position to accept them.
The Rohingyas were detained after their boat was damaged off Langkawi on Monday. Another was found dead in the boat.
Malaysian Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday said Malaysia would ask Bangladesh to take back the Rohingyas but Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, in a statement, said his country could not accept Malaysia’s request as Rohingyas are not Bangladesh citizens.
“They are the residents of Myanmar for centuries,” he said, adding that other countries should share the burden of hosting them. (Editor’s note: Myanmar too doesn’t recognise the Rohingyas as their citizens, which means they are simply stateless.)
“Instead of asking us to give shelter, we shall welcome the global leadership and organisations to relocate the persecuted 1.1 million Rohingyas that are currently temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh,” stated Momen.