Relief Group Formed to Help Chin Refugee Vagrants in Malaysia
24 April 2012: The Chin Emergency Relief Group (CERG) says it will strive, as part of its programmes, to help refugees who are unable to take care of themselves anymore in Malaysia.
The newly established community-based organization decided in its Thursday meeting to provide assistance to mentally challenged and homeless persons, beggars, drug addicts, and alcoholics in the Chin refugee community.
More efforts need to be made in attempts to assist the Chin refugees having serious social problems in getting back to stand on their own feet, according to the CERG’s objectives.
Rev. Sang Hre, pastor of the Chin Christian Fellowship (CCF), said it is a vital mission that the Chin refugees in Malaysia are in serious need of as he urged for collective efforts to combat the community problems.
Lal Siam Mawi, Director-in-Chief of CERG, said in the Faiceu Journal: “We have various issues resulted from social problems facing our people, including mental illness, depression, drug and alcoholic addiction, family matters, theft, money extortion and even suicide. If we don’t lend our hands to fellow Chins, no one would.”
The majority of the Chin refugee victims are between 13 and 25 years of age, according to Lal Siam Mawi, Chairman of the Chin Disciplinary Action Committee (CDAC), a volunteer community-based organization tasked with tackling domestic issues in Malaysia.
As of last month, the Chin Emergency Relief Group has received 12 applications for assistance from 4 women and 8 men.
CERG is known to have rented an apartment flat for a temporary emergency accommodation.
“As a newly formed organization, CERG is not able to reach out as much as needed. In order for the organization to work effectively for Chin refugees in Malaysia, we all have to join hand-in-hand,” a Chin community leader was quoted as saying.
Last year, grave concerns were raised over an increasing number of Chin refugee children, mostly aged between 8 and 15, getting involved in drug taking and dealing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
There are more than 45,000 Chin refugees, including about half of 5,000 refugee children estimated by the UNHCR, from Burma stranded in Malaysia after fleeing their native Chin State.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang