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We appeal with the Indonesia authorities to rescue the 94 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar stranded off Seunuddon beach in Aceh, Indonesia, reported on Wednesday.

They were spotted in a wrecked motorboat, barely staying afloat, and crying for help.

We are glad to learn that a joint force was coordinating with various parties over a rescue mission.

The plan to evacuate and take the refugees to an immigration center is appropriate.

It is only humane to
rescue the refugees consisting of 15 men, 49 women, and 30 children.

We support the call by the Indonesian foreign minister for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries to help ensure safety for Rohingya refugees.

We urge any attempt to repatriate them must be voluntary, safe and dignified

We urge the ASEAN Secretary-General to ensure the provision of basic needs and services in Rakhine State.

The welfare of Rohingya residents in their daily livelihood must be taken priority if the repatriation is to be executed under the Asean supervision.

Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid
President Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organizations ( MAPIM )

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