Today, Mr. Habib, a general secretary from MERHROM had sent a serious letter to us, as below;
Today morning 10:10 to 10:40 am, we united , 7 Leaders from all of 7 different Rohingya Refugees Parties in Malaysia (which representing 20,000 Rohingya refugees), had approached to submit an open letter to UNHCR’s new representative Mr. Paul Allen Vernon.
On our approach, head of a security officer Mr.Ibrahim (local) came out and said, “no officer from UNHCR want to see, you all have to leave, I will passed to police is what I have to do.” He also declared that more than 3 persons are considered as illegal assembly in Malaysia, thus he has to pass to police to arrest under illegal assembly act. We, 7 leaders were surprised on international agency UNHCR allowing its officer’s called to practice illegal assembly act, while human rights campaigns are trying to abolish such act.
These are considered as misuse of the power and UNHCR does not willing to corporate in proper way through ignoring its right to response on communities’ representations. We had also asked for any of international staff to receive our letter, either.
In fact, according to UNHCR officers’ demand by various ways, therefore, about 500 Rohingya refugees were gathered on 03 Dec 2008-led by area based representatives, the same numbers again on 21 Jan 2009-led by All Burma Democratic Force, and this is 3rd time by 7 leader of All from different Rohingya Parties.
Do you see which way would be better for the next? We would be welcome yours suggestions for the betterment of refugees. Here is our open letter as follow;