Please don’t relocate us, Rohingya school appeals to Azmin


SERI KEMBANGAN: The headmaster of a school catering to children from the Rohingya community hopes the Selangor government will reconsider plans to relocate the school, which has been squatting on government land since 2013.

Mohd Rafique Khairul Bashar, who runs the Knowledge Garden Learning Centre School (KGLCS) in Taman Sri Serdang, said the students were worried that their school would be relocated.

The school, which opened its doors to the Rohingya community four years ago, has a little more than 50 primary pupils.

Rafique said the students who were from surrounding neighbourhoods were happy, but now feared relocation.

“If we are relocated, I worry that they could be targeted by kidnappers, and if they don’t think the place is suitable, they will be unhappy,” he told FMT.

The Petaling Land and District Office recently instructed the school to vacate the site, failing which the authorities threatened demolition.

Last month, some parts of the school, including the canteen, were torn down.

But on Monday, Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali revoked the notice and said that a new site for the school would be identified.

Rafique, who is a Rohingya refugee himself, said he plans to meet Azmin to convince him to not relocate the school.

Meanwhile, a Muslim charity group welcomed Azmin’s decision to stop the demolition of the school.

Serantau Muslim also expressed hope that the school would not be relocated.

“We will send a memorandum to the MB’s office to resolve this matter,” its CEO, Muhamad Nazri Haris, said.