2 National Service camps in Kedah to shelter Rohingya migrants

2 National Service camps in Kedah to shelter Rohingya migrants

GEMAS - Two national service training camps in Kedah have been identified as temporary shelter for the Rohingya migrants who have landed in Malaysia, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said.

"The two camps were the Rimba Taqwa Camp in Sik and the Youth Recreation Camp in Baling," he told reporters after watching a demonstration of the Malaysian Armed Forces' firepower at the Syed Sirajuddin Camp here. Also present was Chief of Defence Forces Jen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.

Hishammuddin said these camps, each of which could hold 400 people, were only a short-term measure until a permanent solution could be found for the Rohingya migrants.

"For the long-term solution, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have to find a way to share the accommodation of the migrants. The United Nations High Commis­sioner for Refugees must also help out.

"The UNHCR champions human rights but if no other country wants to accept the Rohingya migrants, Malaysia cannot be left to undertake the responsibility alone. It is futile to champion human rights but not lift a finger to help," he told Bernama.

National Service Training Department director-general Datuk Mohmed Asri Yusof told mStar online that they were ready to accept Rohingya migrants.

"We have been negotiating with the National Security Council. We will act on their instructions.

"All of our camps are ready to receive them. But I think there are several camps in Kedah and Penang which are ideal," he said.

Meanwhile, there was no unusual activity at the two proposed NS camps in Balik Pulau, Penang.

The White Resort Camp in Pulau Betong and Sri Mutiara Camp in Pantai Acheh were manned by security guards but were quiet.

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