Qatar steps forward to support Malaysia in assisting Rohingya community

Feb 7, 2017
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is on a working visit to Qatar. 

Qatar is among the latest Islamic countries to come forward to support Malaysia in its humanitarian project to help the Rohingya community that had sought refuge in the country.

According to Bernama, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the Qatar government had agreed to provide funds for Malaysia to aid the refugees in three areas such as primary education, skill training, as well as medical and health care.

“The Qatar government is supportive of the efforts taken by Prime Minister Najib Razak in assisting the Rohingya community,” Bernama reported as he saying to reporters in Doha on Monday, Feb 6.

Zahid pointed out that Qatar’s commitment was secured after a series of meetings between him and the Qatar top leadership.

The sponsorship for the humanitarian project, expected to involve millions of Ringgit, would be channelled through the Qatar Development Fund (QDF), for Rohingya refugees and their families in Malaysia with UNHCR cards, Zahid added.

Zahid also said that the Malaysian National Security Council had been entrusted to coordinate with the relevant ministries, departments, government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGO) in ensuring smooth implementation of these projects.

Malaysia has been championing the plight of the minority Rohingya in Myanmar against continuous discrimination, and the latest endeavour by its top leadership was to send a humanitarian vessel loaded with thousands of metric tonnes of food and emergency provisions to Myanmar for the deprived community.

Zahid who is also the home minister is in Qatar on a four-day working visit since Feb 4.

This is Zahid’s first visit to Qatar since being appointed as deputy prime minister in July last year.