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Malaysian restaurants willing to hire boatpeople

  • Published at 01:49 pm May 21st, 2015

The owners of Indian Muslim restaurants in Malaysia have expressed a willingness to provide job opportunities to the Bangladeshi and Rohingya boat migrants who have been temporarily allowed to land in the country.

The Malaysian Indian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association has announced the employment offer, Malaysian daily The Star reported.

Noorul Hassan Saul Hameed, president of the association, said the migrants were welcome to work at any of the restaurants affiliated with the association.

"We would like to extend our help to the victims who are just like our brothers and sisters," he said.

He added: "We are not forcing the government or our members. We are proposing this on a humanitarian basis, as some of our members have expressed a willingness to help the migrants."

Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to give temporary shelter to about 7,000 migrants still stranded at sea.

Nearly 3,000 boatpeople have swum to shore or been rescued off the three countries over the past 10 days after a Thai crackdown on human-trafficking threw the illicit trade into chaos.

The UNHCR believes that at least 2,000 migrants may be stranded on boats off the Myanmar-Bangladesh coasts.

Earlier, Myanmar, whose policies toward its ethnic Rohingya minority are widely blamed for fuelling the human flow, also softened its line by offering to provide humanitarian aid to stricken migrants.