Qatar government to help Rohingya refugees in Malaysia

The Qatar Development Fund aims to assist 56,000 Rohingya refugees in Malaysia.

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The Qatar Development Fund, in coordination with the National Security Council, will assist Rohingya refugees who carry the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) card in Malaysia.

According to News Straits Times, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said: “The fund is to implement three main aspects for the Rohingya, namely, training, education and health, which will create a positive effect in the long run.”

“In terms of skills, the Home Ministry has already launched a pilot project to allow 300 Rohingya holding the UNHCR cards to work in Malaysia, starting March 1. They will be working in the plantation and manufacturing sectors for three years, while waiting to return to their country of origin or placed in a third country,” he added.

Through this fund, Rohingya refugees will be taught semi-skilled programmes and as well as have access to education and health insurance schemes. All these efforts will be implemented by Malaysia’s Human Resources Ministry, the Education Ministry, and the Health Ministry.

Qatar’s government showed support to Malaysia’s initiatives to address the rights and welfare of Rohingya refugees when Deputy Prime Minister Zahid visited Qatar on the first week of February. Qatar immediately announced to extend financial help through the Qatar Development Fund.

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