No reports received over fake Rohingya posts – Police

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KUCHING: Sarawak CID Chief SAC Datuk Dev Kumar said there have been no police reports made against the fake ‘Rohingya coming to Sarawak’ posts on social media.

Dev told the DayakDaily through a message that so far, there have not been any police reports on the issue which has caused panic among the Bidayuh community in Bau and Serian.

Social media posts that Rohingya refugees would be sent to Bau and Serian districts created havoc among the Bidayuh community as they are the majority in the the two districts.

The question was posted to Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin who stated plainly he would oppose such an arrangement if the posts were true.

Following Manyin’s statement on Sept 9, Muara Tuang state assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang told the DayakDaily that he did not agreed with Manyin, who is PBB vice-president.

Idris stressed that his support in giving temporary shelter to the Rohingya refugees was not based on religion or race but the humanitarian grounds that it was the universal right for every man to live.

Idris, had earlier posted his view on his social media page where he also shared Manyin’s response to the Rohingya refugees issue.

Following Idris’ post, PBB Tebedu Youth came forward and stated their support for their branch chairman Manyin.

Dayak Bidayuh National Association had also on Sept 11 issued a statement that it stood united with Manyin in opposing the sending of Rohingya refugees to Sarawak, especially to Bidayuh populated areas.

The association also condemned the fake posts on social media stating that Rohingya refugees would be sent to Bau and Serian districts.

Finally, both Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and the federal cabinet through Human Resources Minister Dato Sri Dr Richard Riot had to come forth to clear the air by stressing that no Rohingya refugees would be sent to Sarawak.