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450 Asylum Seekers Reach Malaysia, 1 Dead

2 January 2013

Police say about 450 asylum seekers from Burma have landed in Malaysia after a dangerous boat journey that left one dead. They are one of the largest groups of Rohingya Muslims who’ve reached Malaysia this year after leaving their violence-scarred hometowns. A police official on Malaysia’s northern Langkawi Island said the asylum seekers arrived on Sunday after a roughly two-week journey on a wooden boat. One man drowned while trying to swim ashore, while the others are in police custody. The official couldn’t say whether they’ll be permitted to stay.—AP