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Straits Times: Australia's Malaysia refugee deal close. SYDNEY - AUSTRALIA'S controversial plan to send boatpeople t...

SYDNEY - AUSTRALIA'S controversial plan to send boatpeople to Malaysia could be finalised next week, a report said on Thursday, as the conservative opposition ramped up its criticism of the move. The Australian newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said Kuala Lumpur was expected to approve the refugee swap when it meets next Wednesday. If Malaysia's cabinet gives the green light, a memorandum of understanding will then be signed with Canberra that will see 800 asylum seekers sent to Malaysia for processing. In return, Australia will accept 4,000 registered refugees currently living in Malaysia. The plan has been highly controversial, with claims that asylum seekers sent to Malaysia may face inhumane treatment including caning. Kuala Lumpur is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention. Opposition spokesman Scott Morrison upped the ante by likening Malaysia's treatment of as...

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