Wednesday, December 19, 2012

40 shipwrecked boatpeople transferred to Malaysia

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 11:27 Mizzima News

Malaysia’s Maritime and Port Authority on Tuesday said it had taken in 40 Burmese boatpeople, thought to be Muslim Rohingyas, who had been denied entry to Singapore, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The Malaysian authorities said the 40 were survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Burma on December 4 when another 160 others were reportedly drowned.

The survivors were reported to be in good health and were being transported to southern Johor state.

“I confirm 40 Myanmar nationals were rescued from the Vietnam-flagged cargo ship Nosco Victory,” Hamid Mohamad Amin, the agency’s director for command and control, told AFP, declining to elaborate.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the 40 were believed to have been in the water for 30 hours before they were rescued on December 5.
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