25 Dec '15, 6am

Born in #Malaysia, yet #Rohingya have no right to schooling, work

Born in #Malaysia, yet #Rohingya have no right to schooling, work

KUALA LUMPUR — At a time when Malaysia is giving special treatment to Syrian refugees, a Rohingya family tell of how they have been here for three generations yet are still denied the right to earn a living. All six of Madam Banu Hassan’s children were born in Malaysia and the 60-year-old has four grandchildren. But none has permanent residency, much less citizenship. All they want is the right to finish schooling, to earn a living, freedom from harassment and a chance to contribute to the Malaysian economy. “If the Malaysian government does not give us citizenship, at least give us the opportunity to go to school like other children,” pleaded 17-year-old Zahida Ismail, one of Mdm Banu’s granddaughters. “When we do not have (education) certificates, we cannot work safely. When we work, our employers take advantage of us and they do not even pay us our wages,” she told The ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/born-malaysia-yet-r...

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