Penang cops all set to help Rohingyas

GEORGE TOWN - Penang police will assist in Rohingya refugee placement if instructed to do so.

State police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi said he had yet to receive any instructions but would be ready to act.

"I will wait for the directive from Bukit Aman," he said, adding that the effort would not only involve the police but all agencies involved in handling refugees.

When asked, he said no crime had been committed by the Rohingyas in Penang so far.

"For as long as I have been the chief police officer, they have not been known to commit any crime here." he said yesterday.

Recently, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar suggested that Rohingya refugees be placed in settlements in Penang.

Meanwhile, Penang's offer to help the Federal Government on the Rohingya issue has gone unheeded.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state was instead "whacked" and criticised. "This shows that the Government is not willing to work with the state.

"They should discuss with us their needs. The police, Immigration Department personnel and the military all come under the Federal Government.

"Up till now, we have not received any information from the Home Ministry. From now on, any question should be directed to (Home Minister) Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi," he told a press conference.

Lim said Kedah did not want to house the Rohingya refugees but it was not criticised.

"We will not object to the matter being handled by the Federal Government but do not politicise the issue."