The plight of refugee children in Malaysia is a sad one. They are among the forgotten children in our land.
It is time the government does something about this. Even though Malaysia has not yet signed the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, we have already ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
So we should fulfil our responsibilities under international law – and not just leave it to groups like the UNHCR, the Buddist Tzu Chi and other groups, who are doing exemplary work with limited resources.