Rais Yatim’s tweet on Malaysia’s past migrants raises eyebrows
FMT Reporters – May 2, 2020 2:22 PM
PETALING JAYA: A tweet by PPBM leader Rais Yatim has raised the hackles of social media users after he equated the impact of the large number of Rohingya refugees in Malaysia with those brought in during the British era in the early 1900s.
The Negeri Sembilan party chief said when the Rohingya were small in number, they were docile.
“When their number swelled to hundreds of thousands, they gobbled us up (dibahamnya kita),” he wrote in his tweet.
“Other races who came in during the British era in the 1920s were the same in the end,” added the former culture, arts and heritage minister.
Rais said everyone should learn from history as “there are a lot who support people from outside”.
The Chinese and Indians were brought in by the British to work in tin mines, rubber estates and the police force.
FMT is awaiting a response from Rais for a further explanation on his tweet.
Rais’ tweet has received negative reactions from citizens.
One user, khairullllll, said it was frustrating to see such comments as criminals can be of any race or colour.
There are about 200,000 Rohingya in Malaysia. Many are forced to work illegally or beg for a living.