Monday, October 5, 2015

Malaysians appear to have lost their humanity

Salleh Said Keruak

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has been criticised for offering to take a mere 3,000 Syrian refugees. That is 3,000 from a total of 4,000,000 refugees looking for asylum.

Germany has offered to take 500,000 refugees a year. That is not a total of 500,000 but 500,000 every year while Malaysia is offering to take only a total of 3,000. Yet this is seen as an issue to criticise the Prime Minister.

Last year 3,500 refugees died while trying to escape to Europe. This year so far, as at August 2015, 2,500 have died. That means 6,000 died trying to reach the safety of Europe since 2014 and it is estimated that by the end of this year the figure is going to touch 7,000.

Of course this is a very controversial issue even in Europe. In the UK this is being used as an election issue where candidates can either win or lose the party election depending on their stand regarding immigrants.

However, there comes a time when we should put politics and racism aside and put more importance on human life. And in this refugee and asylum issue it is human life that is the consideration. And Malaysia should contribute in any small way it can in helping out what has become a huge problem in Europe by taking in just 3,000 refugees when Germany can take 500,000 a year.


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