Dept probe into claims by ‘Guardian’

New Straits Times - - News -

PU­TRA­JAYA: The Immigration Depart­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of Rohingya refugees in Malaysia re­ceiv­ing shoddy treat­ment in de­ten­tion cen­tres, as re­ported by The Guardian.

The depart­ment yes­ter­day said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing claims de­tainees were de­prived of ne­ces­si­ties, such as food and wa­ter. The re­port also claimed that the in­mates were tor­tured by of­fi­cers at the cen­tres.

The depart­ment said the Home Min­istry had ap­pointed con­trac­tors to sup­ply the de­tainees four daily meals.

“They can also re­fer to the of­fi­cers if they need more food and drinks,” the depart­ment said.

“If of­fi­cers are found guilty (of tor­tur­ing de­tainees), ac­tion will be taken.

“The depart­ment also views se­ri­ously claims of the death of de­tainees at the cen­tres.

“As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, a med­i­cal as­sis­tant will con­duct health screen­ings for new de­tainees. Those with health prob­lems will be sent to a clinic or hospi­tal for treat­ment,” the depart­ment said.

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