Rohingya leaders have been spreading the message for the community to be tested for the Covid-19 virus after 2,000 of them were said to have attended the tabligh gathering at Masjid Jamek in Sri Petaling.
They disputed the figure, saying that at most hundreds could have attended the event.
Rohingya Society of Malaysia (RSM) president Bo Ning Maing said a voice and video message has been shared with the community via the WhatsApp messaging application and on Facebook, urging those concerned to go for the test.
“Many in the community are unable to read and write, so this is the most effective way to get the message across,” he added.
As of February, there were 101,010 Rohingya refugee and asylum seekers registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia.
Rafik Shah Ismail, a Rohingya community leader with the Human Aid Selangor Society, said he got to know that only several members of the community attended the event.
“I’m not sure how the big number came about because most of our community cannot afford to take a day off from work,” he said.
He added that he had gone door-to-door to send flyers to the community in Gombak on the importance of getting tested for the virus.