|Aliran media statement |
Rela's behaviour does not inspires confidence
|Tuesday, 29 January 2008|
| A group of Burmese Zomi refugees was raided by Rela and Sepang Municipal Council enforcers on 21 January 2008 (NST, 24 Jan.2008). According to a Zomi spokesperson, about 34 enforcement personnel allegedly "rushed into" the Zomi refugee camp in Putrajaya and torched it, severely diminishing the supplies of basic necessities on which the Zomi refugees depended for survival. |
The Zomi spokesperson said, "Clothes, food and every single thing became ash in a few minutes." Having lost a large portion of their possessions, including six of their 20 shelters (NST, 24 Jan 2008), the Zomi refugees were left destitute. According to the spokesperson, none of the refugees was arrested, but this was the third time the Zomi refugees had been raided by Rela. The torching of the Zomi village remains a mystery as neither Rela nor the Sepang Munucipal authorities have claimed responsibility for it.