COX’S BAZAR (Bangladesh) — Oct. 17, 2017: Malaysia will assign a humanitarian and welfare attache to Bangladesh to fulfill the government’s commitment in helping Rohingya refugees currently sheltered at refugee camps.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, who ends his two-day working visit to Bangladesh today, will raise the matter with the Cabinet next week to expedite the process.
The plan is to have the attache from the National Security Council (MKN) to be based at the Malaysian high commission in Dhaka. He will assist the high commission’s office on coordination and also to ensure that every aid reaches the refugees.
While visiting a refugee camp in Kutupalong, about 35 kilometres from here yesterday, Zahid said the council would coordinate the process of channelling humanitarian aid.
He expressed confidence that the Foreign Affairs Ministry will be able to initiate the administrative appointment in 30 days.
Zahid added that although there had never been any occasion where aid did not reach the recipients, it was still good to conduct constant monitoring.
H will also discuss with the prime minister and propose to the Cabinet on MKN’s role as coordinator in channelling aid to the Rohingya.
Today Zahid presented six million taka (RM309,000) to the Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organisations and two million taka (RM103,000) to Mercy Malaysia for their work to assist the refugees.
The humanitarian crisis in Rakhine, Myanmar, is worsening, with more Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh daily and more refugee camps being set up. The exact number of refugees is unknown but estimated by many as having exceeded one million.
For the record, there are only two official camps for the refugees, namely Kutupalong and Nayapara but dozens more have been set up by the refugees. — Bernama