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Malaysia says it will turn away Rohingya, Bangladeshi migrants unless their boats are sinking

  • FILE - In this Monday, May 11, 2015, file photo, Illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh arrive at the Langkawi police station's multi purpose hall in Langkawi, Malaysia. As a crisis involving boatloads of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea deepened, Malaysia said Tuesday it would turn away any more of the crowded, wooden vessels unless they were sinking. (AP Photo/Hamzah Osman, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, May 11, 2015, file photo, Illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh arrive at the Langkawi police station's multi purpose hall in Langkawi, Malaysia. As a crisis involving boatloads of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea deepened, Malaysia said Tuesday it would turn away any more of the crowded, wooden vessels unless they were sinking. (AP Photo/Hamzah Osman, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, May 11, 2015, file photo, Illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh arrive at the Langkawi police station's multi purpose hall in Langkawi, Malaysia. As a crisis involving boatloads of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea deepened, Malaysia said Tuesday it would turn away any more of the crowded, wooden vessels unless they were sinking. (AP Photo/Hamzah Osman, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, May 11, 2015, file photo, Illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh arrive at the Langkawi police station's multi purpose hall in Langkawi, Malaysia. As a crisis involving boatloads of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea deepened, Malaysia said Tuesday it would turn away any more of the crowded, wooden vessels unless they were sinking. (AP Photo/Hamzah Osman, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Malaysia's maritime enforcement agency official rest on their patrolling boat along the coast of Langkawi Island, Malaysia, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A crisis involving boatloads of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea deepened Tuesday as Malaysia said it would turn away any more of the crowded, wooden vessels unless they were sinking. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Malaysia's maritime enforcement agency official rest on their patrolling boat along the coast of Langkawi Island, Malaysia, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A crisis involving boatloads of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea deepened Tuesday as Malaysia said it would turn away any more of the crowded, wooden vessels unless they were sinking. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysia's navy says it will turn away any more boats carrying Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to its shores unless they are sinking.

Marine northern commander Tan Kok Kwee said Tuesday that waters around Langkawi island where several wooden vessels have landed in the past three days will be patrolled 24 hours a day by a total of eight ships.

Tan said, "We won't let any foreign boats come in." If the boats are seaworthy, he said the navy would "give them provisions and send them away."

He said they would carry out a rescue only if the boat was sinking.

Since the weekend, more than 1,000 migrants in boats have landed on Langkawi, and another 600 have come ashore on Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh.