2016年07月02日

Rohingya community

THIS is the first time in years that Bulsk Abdullah will have an easy Ramadan.

The 27-year-old Rohingya said that back in her home country Myanmar, where the Rohingya were persecuted, she and her family had always faced the fasting month in adversity.

“Sometimes you only had porridge and water to break your fast with.

“Here, you can break your fast with anything,” Bulsk told StarMetro, adding that she and her two children were happy to have escaped her home country.

She said in Myanmar the Government had made life unbearable for the Rohingya.

“The Government harrassed us, you can't go out, it's hard to find work, you are always fearing for your life,” she said.

She said she felt safe in Malaysia but was concerned about one of her children that she left behind in Myanmar.

“I feel free and happy here. I am grateful to Malaysians (for accepting us),” she said, adding that she was looking forward to the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri. “I want to buy meat and cook many dishes for the celebration," she said.

Bulsk was one of 800 Rohingya and Myanmar Muslims who attended a buka puasa (breaking of fast) event on Saturday at the Saidina Uthman Ibn Affan Mosque in Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras.

Oganised by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)(note 1) and non-governmental organisation HUMANiTi Malaysia (note 2), the buka puasa event saw hampers and duit raya distributed to the Rohingya and Myanmar Muslims in attendance.

OIC special envoy and HUMANiTi Malaysia president Tan Sri Dr Syed Hamid Albar said the event was meant to show the Rohingya and Myanmar Muslim community here that they were welcomed by all Malaysians.

“It is our responsibility as human beings to help other humans who are suffering,” said Syed Hamid in his speech.

He acknowledged the hardships and persecution that their community was facing in Myanmar and that action needed to be taken to solve the situation as it had escalated into a regional crisis.

"There needs to be a dialogue (to address the crisis)," he said, adding that the dialogue needed to be inclusive.


The Starmetro, Published: Monday, 27 June 2016
Rare treat for Rohingya community ;
They receive hampers and duit Raya at event hgosted by OIC and M'sian NGO.
By Hanis Zainal
http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2016/06/27/rare-treat-for-rohingya-community-they-receive-hampers-and-duit-raya-at-event-hosted-by-oic-and-msi/

(note 1)
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) (formerly Organization of the Islamic Conference) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents.

The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.

The Organization was established upon a decision of the historical summit which took place in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco on 12th Rajab 1389 Hijra (25 September 1969) as a result of criminal arson of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.


http://www.oic-oci.org/oicv3/home/?lan=en

(note 2)
Humaniti Malaysia, he said, is a non-governmental organisation established in December 2014 that focuses on humanitarian and education causes. It is also linked to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

“We are active in Myanmar, where we provide food and medicine to those in need, as well as in Malaysia, where we provide school supplies and volunteers to teach Myanmar refugees,” said Ahmad Tarmizi.

Humaniti Malaysia president Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, who is the special representative to the OIC on Rohingya Muslims, presented the learning packs sponsored by the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development.

Syed Hamid urged the Malaysian government to create an identification system for the Rohingya or issue cards similar to those given to refugees from Syria, Cambodia and Aceh.

“Having some form of identification would give them access to public health and education as well as look for jobs,” he said, adding that the Rohingya cannot even register deaths due to lack of documentation.

“This limits their freedom of movement and puts them at risk of social problems, including criminal activities.

“The worst part is that a majority of those at risk are women and children,” said Syed Hamid.


The Starmetro, Published: Friday, 20 May 2016
NGO donates learning packs to 115 Rohingya children from Knowledge Garden Learning Centre
by Jade Chan
http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2016/05/20/assistance-on-road-to-education-ngo-donates-learning-packs-to-115-rohingya-children-from-knowledge-g/


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