Wan Saiful Wan Jan, who heads libertarian think-tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, said the close proximity of the Rohingya makes Malaysia reluctant to help compared to previous generous efforts for Bosnian and Palestinian refugees.

“Unfortunately the Rohingyas are too close to home for many people. With Palestinians and Bosnians, we did not have to host them in the thousands here in Malaysia, so many people are happy to give money to help them over there,” he said in a text message to Malay Mail Online.

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