Boat people ‘illegal labourers from Bangladesh’ not Rohingya: Indonesia

Indonesia has told Australia that most of the 7000 boatpeople stranded at sea in the region are not Rohingya asylum-seekers but illegal labourers from Bangladesh.

In a foreign ministers’ meeting in Seoul yesterday, Indonesian offic­ials told Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that only 30 per cent to 40 per cent of those stranded on boats and in camps in the region were Rohingya refugees.

“They (Indonesia) believe there are about 7000 people at sea (and) they think about 30-40 per cent are Rohingya, the rest are Bangladeshi; and they are not, in Indon­esia’s words, asylum-seekers, they are not refugees, they are illegal labour­ers, they’ve been promised or are seeking jobs in Malaysia,” Ms Bishop told The Weekend ­Australian.

“They said the Rohingya have gone to Bangladesh and have mixed up with the Bangladeshis who are coming to Malaysia in particular for jobs.”

She said the Indonesian repre­sentative at the so-called MIKTA meeting in Seoul, Hasan Kleib, Indones­ia’s Director-General of Multilateral Affairs, said one boatload of 600 people was found to have 400 Bangladeshis aboard…

  • So will they chop anti Islam bloggers in Australia to pieces once they get there?

  • pop

    The male bangis like to bang ladies without asking. I don’t like this cultural norm. I am also culturally racist as the men walk and hold hands with males.

    Malaysia can keep the crap illegal invaders. They’re liars.

  • pop

    Yes, these illegal headchoppers should be granted human rights in Indonesia.

  • JoKeR

    Indonesia and Malaysia said they now will let them boats land but will “return” the people from where they came.

  • pettifog

    The one place in the world that Muslims say they are persecuted? Wouldn’t it be easier for them to,say, take a short boat ride to Bangladesh where their coreligionists would welcome them?

    I was in Myanmar last year, not the rural areas but I saw several mosques, many Muslims and Muslim businesses, spoke to a few, both when I was out and in my hotel. I suspect that the Rohingya are playing the persecution card right out of the Takkiya handbook.

  • Barrington Minge

    Send them back….simples!!

  • Everyone Else


    Bangladeshis pretending to be Rohingya. Somalis pretending to be Syrians. Pick a sob story the West is falling for, them send off thousand of Moslems to fit whichever narrative sells best.