Monday, 22 August 2011
Why Exchange Refugees Anyway?
I just read Chris Kenny's commentary on the refugee swap between Malaysia and Australia. I am honestly surprised to note that the Australians are this perceptive to the state of affairs in Malaysia.
Frankly, I am not the only Malaysian who has been protesting the refugee exchange programme between Malaysia and Australia. It originally sounded quite beneficial for Malaysians - after all Australia will take 4000 of our refugees in exchange for only 800 of theirs per year.
But of course, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Australia is offloading most of their troublemakers and the extremists to Malaysia.
And what does Malaysia stand to gain? The truth is, the average citizen has everything to lose, while UMNO is banking on the support of these new-comers, the Muslims. Perhaps UMNO is hoping to reinforce the divide between the Muslims and non-Muslims.
This is a sorry state of affairs.
Related: Malaysia trading 4,000 non-Muslims for 800 Muslims in asylum swap, says top Aussie paper