Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia silent after U.N. calls for Asia boat people rescue

Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia gave no response on Wednesday to a United Nations appeal for them to rescue thousands of migrants, many of them hungry and sick, adrift in boats in Southeast Asian seas.

There were conflicting statements on whether regional governments would continue to push back migrant boats in the face of the UN warning that they risked a “massive humanitarian crisis”.

“Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have decided not to receive boat people, as far as I am aware,” Major General Werachon Sukhondhapatipak, spokesman for Thailand’s ruling junta, told Reuters.

He declined to comment on the UN refugee agency UNHCR’s appeal on Tuesday for an international search and rescue operation for the many stranded on the seas between Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The UN has said several thousand migrants were abandoned at sea by smugglers following a Thai government crackdown on human trafficking…

Once the boat people realize there is no point setting out, the problem will stop. The Europeans are too stupid to figure it out.

The boat people are mostly Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar. No one wants them.  Thailand was taking a few and exploiting them for super-cheap labour.  After that became a scandal, Thailand has no further use for them. 

  • ontario john

    Gee, muslim countries not taking muslim refugees. They must be islamophobic.

    • Alain

      No, Thailand is not a Muslim country although the Muslim invaders want to change that.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Indonesia was trying to pass the buck to Australia, but the Aussies said no and meant it.

  • I would be putting the pressure on these countries. They expect the West to fix their migrant problems for them. It’s time for them to start caring.

  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    Muslims are invading the West by what ever means.

  • Oil and beef

    Even the Malay Muslims don’t want more Muslims.

  • Dana Garcia

    Saudi Arabia has one of the lowest population densities on earth. Therefore they have plenty of nice open space that can be turned into refugee housing for fellow Allah-bots. Where’s that famous zakat anyway?

  • Everyone Else

    A lot of the so-called “Rohingya” from Myanmar are actually Bangladeshis transiting through Myanmar. Being poor doesn’t mean you’re stupid or uninformed, and if the Bangladeshi Muslims know they will be treated better by claiming to be Rohingya then it’s a no-brainer.

  • The_Infidel_01

    Contrast this to the way Australia has been treated for turning back the boats.

  • The__Hammer

    Since the end of WW2 Thailand has taken on a ridiculous refugee burden given that most of their neighbours have had serious turmoil at one time or another. Conflicts in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma along with various other social issues in those countries have meant a steady stream of refugees coming to Thailand. And the UN is always quick to criticize the Thais but never there to offer much help.

    • Frau Katze

      Yes, I didn’t realize how many refugees they had until I started reading about Thailand because if the southern insurgency.

      None of them are Muzz.

  • Shebel

    I think that Israel should take them all in. There are way too many Jews there.