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My friend Hasson’s Malaysian dream: A young refugee’s unfulfilled quest

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Hasson is a Rohingya, whose family fled the Rakhine State in Myanmar for Bangladesh in 1991. Born and raised in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Hasson knew he had limited chances of receiving higher education.

To fulfil his dream of becoming a doctor, he took a dangerous journey on a trafficker’s fishing boat – only to find himself stranded in the middle of the Andaman Sea. He was rescued by fishermen from Aceh, Indonesia, but after staying in a refugee camp for a year, Hasson decided to leave for Malaysia yet again.

He may have started a new life in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but have his dreams been fulfilled? CNA Insider’s Goh Chiew Tong finds out.

Hasson is now working with an NGO, the Geutanyoe Foundation, as a medical coordinator. He helps the Rohingya in Malaysia make referrals to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for a UNCHR card. He has also set up an English school, Rohungya Peace Institute, for Rohingya women and children.

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Barathi Inthu
28 Jan 2019 6.08pm

What? Many stateless Malaysians have similar dreams too. Have you taken note of that?

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