Malaysia’s Policy towards the Rohingya Refugees (Polisi Malaysia terhadap pelarian Rohingya)


  • Nur Syazwani Muzafarkamal Graduated in 2019 with a Master’s degree in Political Science from the International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Ishtiaq Hossain Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, IIUM.



This paper focuses on Malaysia’s policy towards the Rohingya refugees in the country. The first part of this paper analyses the reasons for the Rohingyas to choose to come to Malaysia. The next part discusses the Immigration Act 1967 as part and parcel of any adopted policy. Interviews and related documents have been used to guide this research in order to achieve this objective. Finally, the last part explains the perceptions of government agencies, as well as the NGOs towards the arrival of the Rohingya to Malaysia. In addition, the role of the UNHCR in Malaysia is elaborated.

Keywords: Rohingya immigrants, Immigration Act 1967, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Non-governmental Organizations.


Kajian ini memberi tumpuan kepada polisi Malaysia terhadap pelarian Rohingya di negara tersebut. Ianya terbahagi kepada empat bahagian. Bahagian yang pertama untuk jilid ini mengkaji sebab-sebab pelarian Rohingya memilih untuk datang ke Malaysia. Bahagian seterusnya membincangkan Akta Imigresen 1967 sebagai sebahagian daripada polisi yang telah diambil. Temu bual dan dokumen-dokumen yang berkaitan telah digunakan sebagai rujukan di dalam kajian ini supaya dapat menemui objektifnya. Akhir sekali, bahagian yang terakhir menerangkan mengenai tanggapan agensi kerajaam dan juga ahli Pertubuhan Bukan Kerajaan terhadap kedatangan pelarian Rohingya ke Malaysia. Sebagai tambahan, peranan Pesuruhjaya Tinggi Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu untuk Pelarian di Malaysia juga akan dihuraikan.

Kata Kunci: Pendatang Rohingya, Akta Imigresen 1967, Pesuruhjaya Tinggi Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu untuk Pelarian, Pertubuhan Bukan Kerajaan.



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How to Cite

Muzafarkamal, N. S., & Hossain, I. (2019). Malaysia’s Policy towards the Rohingya Refugees (Polisi Malaysia terhadap pelarian Rohingya). Journal of Islam in Asia (E-ISSN 2289-8077), 16(3), 436–453.