‘Missing’ Chin Refugees Feared Dead in Malaysia
04 November 2012: Chin refugee communities are worried that at least two Chin refugees who have been reported ‘missing’ in Malaysia for weeks might be dead.
A 10-year-old boy named Thang Tung Mang, who is waiting for his UNHCR refugee registration card, remains missing while another refugee called Do Khan Dal, 32, has disappeared since 27 April 2012.
“We have made as much effort as possible to find out about them. But we haven’t got any update whatsoever until today. We are still trying our best,” said one of the Chin community leaders in Malaysia.
A ‘missing person’ advert has been distributed online and placed several times on the newsletter published by ACR (Alliance of Chin Refugees), a community-based umbrella organization tasked with providing social services to refugees in Malaysia.
A letter sent to the UNHCR, ICRC (Red Cross) and Malaysian authorities indicated that Mr. Do Khan Dal, originally from Mualbem village, Tedim Township of Chin State, Burma, did not come home from his work at a restaurant in Cheras of Kuala Lumpur.
Mr. Khai Boih, of Mualbem village, said he was still talking with Mr. Do Khan Dal on 26 April 2012.
“Over the past few months, we had different situation where Chin refugees were kidnapped by some sorts of gang groups, who demanded a ransom in exchange,” a Chin community leader told Chinland Guardian.
Late last month, 40 Chin refugees including children, held in an abandoned warehouse near the Thai-Malay border by members of human trafficking, were rescued by Malaysian police.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang