The Singapore Government will offer an initial contribution of US$200,000 through ASEAN to support the efforts of countries that have been providing help to the Rohingyas, said Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Saturday (May 23).

The Government “is prepared to consider further assistance if there are specific requests”, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). It said the Government “notes with concern the situation concerning irregular migration in the Indian Ocean”.

“We welcome the outcomes of the Ministerial Meeting on Irregular Movement of People in Southeast Asia, held on 20 May 2015 in Putrajaya, between Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, in particular Malaysia and Indonesia’s agreement to offer these irregular migrants temporary shelter,” said MFA.

MFA added that the Singapore Government also noted the call by Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand for the international community to contribute support to them, in addressing the issue.

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