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Malaysia fears new migration wave of Rohingya refugees across the sea

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Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com
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Malaysian authorities are searching for boats believed to carry up to 200 Rohingya Muslims after dozens of migrants were found near a beach in the north of the country.

Dozens of Rohingya Muslims have used boats in recent months to reach Malaysia, where Malaysian authorities fear a new wave of people fleeing by sea will be hijacked after a crackdown on human trafficking in 2015.

Fourteen men and a boy from Rohingya aged 14 to 30 were arrested on Monday near the town of Sempang Impat after landing on the beach of Sonjay Pilate, state police chief Nur Mishar Mohammad said in a statement.

Thirty-five migrants landed on the same beach last month in the northern state of Perlis, on the border with Thailand.

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