Saturday, 05 July 2014 - 18:51
Over 4,200 Lankans on UNHCR list in Malaysia
There are 4,280 Sri Lankan refugees and asylum-seekers registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia.
They comprise about 3% of the 145 thousand 025 foreigners who have UNHCR cards as of May.
Most UNHCR cardholders in Malaysia are from Myanmar while the rest are from Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Abu Bakar said that of the 14 LTTE members arrested this year, seven were using UNHCR cards.
UNHCR spokesman in Kuala Lumpur, Yante Ismail, said the organisation was unable to comment on suspected Tamil Tiger leaders with UNHCR cards, adding that it was the body’s policy not to publicly comment on individual cases involving asylum-seekers and refugees.
Yante said any enquiry into refugee status would involve a careful assessment of all relevant facts, through a fair process, to decide whether protection was required.
According to UNHCR Malaysia, registered refugees and asylum seekers could move freely as they were not in camps.