A Rohingya migrant is feared to be the one survivor from a ship carrying at the very least two dozen asylum seekers that’s believed to have run into issue off the Malaysian coast close to Thailand, a coastguard official mentioned Sunday.
Mohamad Zawawi Abdullah, coastguard chief for the northern states of Kedah and Perlis, mentioned the 27-year-old named Nor Hossain was detained by police after he swam to shore on the resort island of Langkawi.
“Primarily based on the knowledge from the police, the unlawful Rohingya migrant had jumped off the boat that had 24 different individuals and that he was the one one who managed to swim to the shore safely,” Zawawi mentioned.
A search and rescue operation had been launched, however one other official instructed AFP that no our bodies or survivors have been discovered.
It’s not clear what occurred to the boat.
Muslm-majority Malaysia is a favoured vacation spot for Rohingya, who face persecution of their largely Buddhist homeland of Myanmar, however authorities have in current months been attempting to cease them coming into over coronavirus fears.
Lots of the 700,000-plus Rohingya Muslims who fled a army crackdown in Myanmar three years in the past have tried to depart overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district on boats headed for Malaysia and neighbouring Indonesia.
Zawawi mentioned two coastguard plane and two boats have been deployed to search the suspected space.
Malaysia has stepped up maritime patrols because the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic in a bid to cease Rohingya boats from touchdown.
Though some have made it ashore many boats have been turned again, sparking anger from rights teams.