Malaysia sends four ships to look for stranded migrants at sea
May 22, Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian government has sent four navy ships to look for stranded migrants at sea. The Malaysian and Indonesian navy chiefs have been discussing ways to coordinate search and rescue efforts.
Earlier on Thursday, Malaysia‘s Prime Minister Najib Razak ordered the navy to take action to rescue the estimated thousands of migrants adrift on boats.
“There will definitely be no migrant shelters,” Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told parliament in Bangkok on Wednesday, adding that existing detention centres would be used to hold those found to have entered Thailand illegally.
Western powers and aid groups have also urged Myanmar to increase its involvement, and called on regional powers to do more.
US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken also held meetings in Myanmar on Thursday, seeing its president, foreign minister, parliamentary speaker and military commander.
Blinken stressed the need for Myanmar to address the root causes of the migration, “including the racially and religiously motivated discrimination and violence,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told a news briefing.
Many now face sickness, and possible starvation, aid groups said.
The Oslo Times and Agencies