Saturday, February 25, 2017
3513) DROP CHARGE, URGES NGO - NEW STRAITS TIMES - 25/2/2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The arrest of a 15-year-old Rohingya refugee here has sparked displeasure among non-governmental associations (NGOs) in Malaysia. The boy was apprehended and brought to the Sepang magistrate’s court on Jan 25 and was charged under section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for not possessing a valid United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) identification card. Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) president Datuk Nadzim Johan questioned why a child was taken to a magistrate’s court and not to a juvenile court. “It is recognised that this Act provides for the care and protection of children under all circumstances, without regard for their background,” he told reporters at a press conference here yesterday. On behalf of other NGOs, Nadzim urged that charges against the boy be dropped and that he is released and given assistance by related agencies, and provided with a valid UNHCR identification card. Nadzim said the goverment needed to study its mechanism for assisting Rohingya in Malaysia " with the influx of Rohingya in the country,the goverment should employ them in appropriate sectors," The boy was detained at kajang prison until March 27 for re-mention of the of the case.