Member of Parliament Samas Nalulem, who is also a member of the Border Affairs Commission, visited the women and children being held in a Phuket family refuge yesterday.
It's believed the Phuket visit is just one of several to refuges and Immigration detention centres where about 2000 Rohingya men, women and children are being held throughout Thailand.
Three women and 17 children are being held on Phuket at the family centre together with a group of men in detention in cells at Phuket Immigration in Phuket City.
Teenage boys have absconded from the Phuket family centre and from a larger family centre in Phang Nga, the province north of Phuket, where 72 women and children remain.
According to a source based in Surat Thani, where Rohingya are also being held, concern among all detainees is mounting as the six-month deadline draws closer for a decision on the status and future of the boatpeople being held in Thailand.
Six weeks remain in the original six-months timeframe set by the Thai Government. Officials from Burma are believed to have suggested that Burma would be willing to take back the Rohingya.
The detainees would have preferred to have been ''helped on'' to Malaysia, which was Thailand's policy before raids on secret border camps and the apprehension of several boats off the Thai coast through January.
The Surat Thani source told Phuketwan today: ''Rohingya here are in tears and horrified at the thought they might be sent back to Burma.
''They would rather take their chances in Thailand than go back to what they believe would be certain death in Burma.''
For the first time, women and children joined Rohingya men in fleeing to sea this October-April ''sailing season'' because they had been torched from their homes by their Buddhist neighbors in Rakhine state.
Most of the 140,000 homeless Rohingya in Rakhine state have been herded into shanty camps for displaced persons where life has become even harder and less promising.
Although a party from the Australian embassy is also reported to have visited Rohingya in detention on Phuket, in Phang Nga and in Ranong, no other options exist at present for the captive boatpeople.