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Qatar Emir pledges $50 million to help Indonesia host Rohingya refugees

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Qatar has promised the Indonesian government $50 million to help it cope with an influx of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, amid a worsening refugee crisis that has roiled Asia.

The pledge was made yesterday by Qatar’s Emir, during a meeting in Doha with Indonesia’s foreign minister, Retno Marsudi.

Qatar's Emir with Indonesia’s foreign minister.
Qatar\’s Emir with Indonesia’s foreign minister.

According to QNA, Marsudi requested support in providing Rohingya refugees with relief, such as shelters.

Earlier this month, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand drew global criticism for turning away and even shooting at boats of refugees that approached their shores. Many of the migrants had fled their home countries to escape persecution and poverty.

But last week, Indonesia and Malaysia consented to providing temporary shelter to those in need if the “resettlement and repatriation process will be done in one year by the international community,” Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said in a joint press conference with Marsudi.

Maid ban

According to QNA, the Emir and Indonesian FM also “discussed a set of issues of mutual interest” yesterday.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Likely on the agenda was Indonesia’s new plans to ban its nationals from working as domestic help in Qatar and 20 other countries in the region.

The restrictions were announced earlier this month as a way to protect “human values and the dignity of the nation” and is expected to take effect in three months.

It would not apply to any nationals already working in Qatar, which is home to around 20,000 Indonesians working in domestic roles, according to Amnesty International.

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Lima
Lima
6 years ago

Positive news. However I never underestimate the negativity of Doha News commentators.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

This is a good gesture from Qatar and you know why it is good? Because there is nothing in it for Qatar, you can always judge people better when their actions don’t have an ulterior motive.

Maybe as a next step they could offer some of these persecuted people citzenship, much better than the murderous scum of Taliban leaving here.

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Credit that you are happy to praise Qatar when benevolence is in evidence – but, “nothing in it for Qatar” just might be a tad ‘rose-tinted’?

I expect a moratorium on the Indonesian Domestic Worker ban to be announced in the not too distant future? With Ramadan fast approaching, that would be a Doha wide celebration. Arguably well worth 50M.

I totally agree with offering citizenship though. Those people need somewhere to be, permanently, not just temporary relief in miserable limbo.

However, credit to Qatar for giving that assistance.

Kimo
Kimo
6 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

How about they stay in their own lands? Why isn’t the west defending this minority?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Kimo

The west should not interfere is other countries business. This is the lesson they have learned the last twenty years and have been told by countless people. Better to let people die than be accused of interference.

Kimo
Kimo
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

The “secular” West cherry-pick the minorities they protect. They all happen to be Christians.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Kimo

That Shows your religious bias.

When the west bombed Serbia, Christian orthodox to protect Bosnians, Muslim they did that to protect Christians? When saddam invaded Kuwait and the other Arab countries couldn’t put together a response it was a western coalition that liberated them. I was unaware Kuwaitis were Christians.

People like you are the reas

Kimo
Kimo
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Personal attack? Means my point was right on the spot. You also forgot to add the “money” factor in your example, come on it’s the Westerners we’re talking about here how can you ignore such a thing. Speaking of crazies, how many did the atheist crazies kill in total? Yes I am talking about Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Kimo

None of those people stated they killed people because of atheism, they killed people because they were ruthless dictators or through the consequences of their actions. However religious crazies kill millions in the name of God, with the Middle East being a particular favourite killing field of theirs

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  Kimo

In addition to MIMH’s statement – Nepal just now, the Tsunami (which devastated many countries of many religions) and major assistance in most catastrophes globally, regardless of ehnicity.

Hardly cherry-picking?

KK
KK
6 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

What are you waiting for then? Please go and help them; show some initiative.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

are you recruiting for ISIS or something?

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago

Deleting for attack.

KK
KK
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

You are right. I am disgusted how Malaysia and Indonesia are treating their follow muslim brothers.

DoubleStandards
DoubleStandards
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

But you’re totally fine with how the Burmese are treating their fellow citizens.

KK
KK
6 years ago

But the question was why aren’t the other muslims helping their brothers.

DoubleStandards
DoubleStandards
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

I agree, Burma should be bombed and the regime should be changed.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

In that case so should Saudi and Iran to free the miniorities persecuted and discriminated against because of the regime

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

Qatar paid Indonesia $50 M so they will continue sending Indonesian maids!! Wow, what’s amazing people actually believe this

For $50 M I say bring in English maids

KK
KK
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

British maids are only good for complaining.

KK
KK
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

Hi, to my twin commentator

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

The last British maid I spoke to was 80 years old, 25+ years ago, she left service during WWII.

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Paid Indonesia for a Quid Pro Quo for maids directly? No! Smoothing the Path… not inconceivable?

Akmal farah
Akmal farah
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

My neighbors in Sweden actually had a Qatari woman who worked as their maid.

Just wanted to let you know that.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Akmal farah

Deleting for devolving into racism.

ngourlay
ngourlay
6 years ago

Great news. And I heard the donation will be paid through the Burmese FIFA representative.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  ngourlay

Hehe

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  ngourlay

You’re a very sour person… Can’t be anything other than British

Simon
Simon
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Shabina, your ‘deletions for stereotyping’ do seem to somewhat arbitrary. Look forward to your early action on this comment.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Deleting for attacking (welcome back, though).

KK
KK
6 years ago

Why does not Qatar take some muslim refugees?

Fu
Fu
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

Why should it? Oh it has money which everyone seems to give a say on how to spend. It’s “extra” money in hater’s eyes.

KK
KK
6 years ago
Reply to  Fu

Yes, it has money but it is on the bank accounts of very few.

Fu
Fu
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

Sure, whatever makes you sleep at night.

Bling
Bling
6 years ago
Reply to  Fu

IDIOT.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Bling

Deleting for attack.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

you’re kidding right? you do know the whole 1% issue isnt a qatari one right?

KK
KK
6 years ago

But you guys are muslims rights?

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

yes, your point is? the county should be run like a mosque?

Diego
Diego
6 years ago

Help for a big problem.Malaysia and Indonesia will have internal issues if they keep them and Myanrmar will be crying it can’t take them back for whatever reason they can come up with. Thailand is very fearful they will have to take some of them in-actually are holding a line, and then they have the human traffickers.Its all very sad.

Marco
Marco
6 years ago

Why don’t they use the money to send them back to Bangladesh where they came from in the first place? Just because you don’t like your home country, it doesn’t mean you can just leave and impose yourself on another country.

Isa Ali
6 years ago

Rohingya,
who are they & are they really being persecuted ? Watch to know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF63ysPL2fs
Do share to create awareness!

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