SINGAPORE, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday said that the city state will not be accepting refugees or people seeking political asylum, reported Channel News Asia.
"As a small country with limited land, Singapore is not in a position to accept any person seeking political asylum or refugee status, regardless of their ethnicity or place of origin," said an MHA spokesperson.
More than 700 Myanmar and Bangladeshi refugees were saved by fishermen in Indonesia's northernmost province of Aceh on Friday morning. More than 1,000 migrants have also landed in Malaysia.
WASHINGTON, May 15 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Friday urged countries in Southeast Asia to save the lives of migrants who are stranded at sea and in need of an immediate rescue effort.
"We remain deeply concerned about the urgent situation faced by thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants at sea in Southeast Asia," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said at a press briefing, who called on Southeast Asian nations to address the emergency "with appropriate speed" and resolve it "through a regionally coordinated effort." Full story
KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday expressed "concern" over recent influx of illegal immigrants.
"I am very concerned with the plight of migrants in our region, some of whom have already reached our shores and still others who are trying," Najib said in a statement. Full story