Dept probe into claims by ‘Guardian’
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.