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21 Oct 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Near-average cumulative rainfall benefits start of 2019 main season

  • Bumper paddy production estimated in 2018

  • Cereal import requirements in 2018/19 marketing year (July/June) forecast close to previous year’s record level

Near-average cumulative rainfall benefits start of 2019 main season

16 Aug 2018 description

Kuala Lumpur, 15 August 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the announcement by the Malaysian Government to expedite citizenship for all qualified stateless individuals in the country. The Malaysian Prime Minister announced yesterday that stateless Indian red IC holders over the age of 60 will be granted citizenship.

This is a positive step taken by the Government to fulfil its commitment to resolve statelessness among the Indian community within 100 days of being in office.

20 Jun 2018 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Picha Project is a social enterprise that provides refugees living in Kuala Lumpur an opportunity to earn income by cooking and catering traditional food for events; they are especially busy at festive times like Ramadan.

07 May 2018 description

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that investigations are still underway after a tanker with 131 Sri Lankans was intercepted by Malaysian police, and that officials of the Sri Lanka High Commission are working closely with the relevant Malaysian authorities in this connection.

Issuing a statement today (6), the ministry said that the Royal Malaysian Police Special Branch has confirmed that 131 persons believed to be Sri Lankans have been detained at Tanjung Gamoh, Sedili, in Johor Baru on 1 May.

11 Apr 2018 description

JAKARTA — The arrival in Malaysia and Indonesia of boats carrying Rohingya refugees from Myanmar is a worrying potential signal of further regional repercussions of ongoing persecution in Rakhine State, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) warned today. In light of the latest developments, the collective of regional lawmakers reiterated its call for ASEAN leaders to urgently address the root causes of the crisis, which have already driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee Myanmar.

01 Mar 2018 description

Malaysian Senior Immigration officials participated in a two-day workshop to gain greater understanding on issues related to human rights relating to the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees in Malaysia.

By Yante Ismail

Kuala Lumpur, 26 February 2018 - Malaysian Senior Immigration officials participated in a two-day workshop to gain greater understanding on issues related to human rights, in particular relating to the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees in Malaysia.

14 Feb 2018 description

UNHCR’s Micro-entrepreneurship development programme run by its NGO partner, the National Association of Women Entrepreneurs Malaysia (NAWEM).

39 year old Rashidah is a Rohingya refugee living in Malaysia with her husband and nine children. She has been a refugee all her life.

“I was born in Thailand after my family fled there from Myanmar. My parents said they fled Myanmar because it was unsafe for us to remain there,” Rashidah said.

When she was 14 years old, her family moved to Malaysia where Rashidah eventually started a family of her own.

12 Feb 2018 description
report Bond Street Theatre

NEW YORK, NY - February 2018 - Bond Street Theatre (BST) is launching the second year of its programming in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, working with refugee and migrant populations to use theatre as an information-sharing and advocacy tool. Collaborating with Asylum Access Malaysia, Masakini Theatre, and the Rohingya Women's Development Network, BST and partners work to translate critical information regarding healthcare, education and legal rights into illustrative, mobile plays that can be performed by and for refugees.

06 Feb 2018 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting the eastern areas of the country over the past week, causing floods and evacuations. 161 mm of rain in 24 hours were recorded in Bintulu (Sabah and Sarawak States) over 5-6 February.
  • ASEAN reports mentioned, as of 6 February, that over 2 300 people have been evacuated in 20 evacuation centres in the municipalities of Kuching, Samarahan, Bintulu and Serian (Sarawak) due to floods.
30 Jan 2018 description

UNHCR and Asylum Access signed an agreement to provide asylum-seekers in Malaysia with access to legal representation in their refugee status determination process.

Kuala Lumpur, 23 January 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and non-governmental organisation Asylum Access Malaysia today signed an agreement to provide asylum-seekers in Malaysia with access to legal representation in their refugee status determination process.

10 Jan 2018 description

By Beh Lih Yi

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rolling up the sleeves of her long black robe to reveal a scar from a cigarette burn on her arm, refugee Sara shows how her husband pressed a pillow over her face to shut her up when he attacked her.

The abuse began as soon as they got married in 2009, just a year after Sara had fled her home in Myanmar, where her fellow Rohingya - an ethnic Muslim minority - are shunned and persecuted in the Buddhist-majority nation.

22 Dec 2017 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS), with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.

The situation

19 Dec 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

Main 2018 season started with localized floods, but final outcome will depend on weather conditions over next months

Cereal imports forecast to increase in 2017/18 marketing year (July/June)

Main 2018 season started with localized floods, but final outcome will depend on weather conditions over next months

Planting of the 2018 main season paddy crop is completed in Sabah and Sarawak states, while it is still ongoing in the main paddy-producing areas of Peninsular Malaysia.

11 Dec 2017 description

KUALA LUMPUR - (11 December 2017) – UN human rights experts wrapped up this weekend a five-day visit to Malaysia, during which they focused their inquiries on recent human rights violations and abuses allegedly committed in Myanmar.

In Malaysia, the experts – members of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFMM) – interviewed persons from Shan and Kachin states, as well as members of the ethnic Rakhine and Rohingya communities.

29 Nov 2017 description

Heavy rain has been affecting western Malaysia over the past few days, causing casualties and damages. According to media, as of 29 November at 7.00 UTC, two people have been killed and at least 8 000 people have been displaced in the states of Terengganu and Kelantan (western Malaysia). Over the next 24 hours, moderate to locally heavy rain could affect the area.

08 Nov 2017 description

Heavy flooding due to continuous downpour and strong winds has forced 7,910 evacuees to remain in several relief centres in Penang and Kedah. In Kedah, 17 relief centres are still operational in 5 districts while Penang being the worst hit has 45 relief centres operational in 3 districts namely Seberang Perai Tengah, Seberah Perai Utara and Timur Laut.

06 Nov 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting Malaysia over the past few days, causing floods and landslides.
    According to media, as of 6 November at 6.00 UTC, at least seven people have been killed in the state of Penang (north-western Malaysia) and 5 500 have been evacuated from the states of Penang and Kedah.

  • Over the next 48 hours, heavy rain could still affect the area due to a low pressure system located over Gulf of Thailand.

05 Nov 2017 description

At least 2,000 people had been evacuated and 80 percent of the state was hit by typhoon-like winds and heavy rain

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Flash floods caused by hours of torrential rain killed at least five people in Malaysia and military forces deployed on Sunday to help rescue thousands of displaced people in the northern state of Penang.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

02 Nov 2017 description

On behalf of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society,the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies would like to thank the Canadian Government for generous contribution to the replenishment of this disaster relief emergency fund (DREF). The unspent balance of CHF 3,241, which was as a result of cancellation of an earlier-planned review and lessons learned workshop, will be returned to the DREF pot.