boatpeople wait behind bars at a Phuket police station on Feb. 1. (Photo:
TOWN (March 26, 2013): A total of 117 Rohingya refugees, including 24 children,
were detained near Muka Head in Teluk Bahang by maritime enforcement officers
were picked up after the Penang Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)
intercepted an unlicensed boat seven nautical miles west of Muka Head.
enforcement unit found 117 people, including 21 women and 24 children aged 12
years and below, in the boat which was sent to the Limbungan Batu Maung jetty,
the MMEA said in a statement today.
this month, 126 Rohingyas were rescued from their leaking boat by local
fishermen about 2.5 nautical miles from Muka Head.
mid February, 140 Rohingya refugees were found wandering around Teluk Bahang
National Park after illegally entering through Teluk Kampi beach.
in Sydney, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard today renewed calls for a
refugee swap with Malaysia to deter boat people after two asylum-seekers
drowned at sea, AFP reported.
overloaded Indonesian fishing boat was spotted off Christmas Island in the
Indian Ocean on Monday. More than 90 people were plucked to safety by an
Australian customs boat but two people died.
clinched a deal with Malaysia in 2011 to transfer 800 boat people in exchange
for 4,000 registered as refugees from Malaysia.
the plan was shot down in the Australian parliament by the opposition, which
objected to the fact that Malaysia has not signed the UN refugee convention. –