Karen Percy, South East Asia correspondent
As Australia steps up pressure on its
Asian neighbours to reduce people smuggling in the region, the Malaysian
government is under pressure to demonstrate its commitment to stem the
An estimated 100,000 refugees are thought
to reside in Malaysia. The vast majority of refugees are Burmese but there
are also significant numbers of Sri Lankans and Afghans.
While many of the refugees, especially
those who are Muslim, would like to stay in Malaysia, increasingly they
are being forced out.
Malaysia does not recognise refugees,