Malaysian govt looking at providing education and employment opportunities for Myanmar and Rohingya refugees


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Malaysian government is looking at providing education and employment opportunities for 200,000 Myanmar and 150,000 Rohingya refugees in Malaysia, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said today.

However, he added, to implement this vision, Malaysia needs more funding.

“There are 48 alternative learning centres (ALCs) set up by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that could support the education of only 25% of refugees’ children, due to limited funding,” Bernama quoted him as saying after a meeting with Myanmar’s National Unity Government (NUG) Foreign Minister Zin Mar Aung on Saturday.

The Minister said, at the moment, Malaysia “receives financial assistance from the Qatar Foundation to help some of the ALCs.” 

Saifuddin also revealed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had raised the matter when meeting US President Joe Biden at the Asean-US Special Summit in Washington DC and asked the United States to provide financial assistance.

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