MELAKA: “If we have the money, we (live another day and) can run away. If not, we just wait for death,” says Rohingya refugee, Saidatul Rahman Norlok on the daily sufferings of his people in Arakan, Myanmar.
The 26-year-old said the killing of the Rohingya Muslims occurred every single day, for no rhyme or reason.
“Three years ago, I managed to escape to Thailand. Then, I worked as a carpenter in Kuala Lumpur before moving to Melaka, about three months ago. However, I live here alone, (as) my family members have fled to Bangladesh.
“We can see people crying every day, everywhere, trying to save themselves from torture or murder. Children and women are the main victims,” he told reporters here.
Saidatul Rahman, who lives in Melaka Raya, said that apart from the killings, the villagers had to withstand hunger because food was hard to come by.
In fact, the sad truth was that many of his friends and neighbours had starved to death.
Another refugee, Muhamad Ayub Abdul Kasim said the military junta would harass them daily and carry out various acts of torture until he could not even work to eke out a living.
“There was nothing I could do, I could not even work. Every day, I lived in fear. Bodies lying around. The sound of gunshots can be heard every day,” said the 46-year-old, who is currently staying in Bachang.
The father of three said in 2002, he escaped to Malaysia, but his wife and children only came here about five years later.