12 November 2014
Dear Chief Editors,
Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) is deeply sad over the muddy flood and landslides in Cameron Highlands that claimed five lives and caused over 90 victims from 28 families to be evacuated.
We strongly support the act of the Malaysian government to take action against those responsible for the incident. In regards to the 4000 Rohingya in Cameron Highlands, we do not have any information that they are working there. If yes, maybe the number is very small. We hope the government will thoroughly investigate the identity of the person who claimed themselves as Rohingya because they can be a Bangladeshi or other ethnic from Myanmar itself. We can help the government at any time in the identification process of Rohingya refugees and Asylum Seekers in Cameron Highlands or other places in Malaysia.
We also hope the UNHCR will be very careful in their identification process as there are cases where other ethnic from Myanmar were identified as Rohingya in their UNHCR cards. This has a serious impact on the Rohingya community in Malaysia when this non-Rohingya who carried UNHCR card that identify them as Rohingya involved in crime activities. This will bring bad reputation for the Stateless Rohingya refugees. Therefore we really hope the UNHCR will review their identification process. We also hope the UNHCR to be equal in the registration of refugees and asylum seekers as very little number of Stateless Rohingya get registered with UNHCR and resettled in the third country compared to other ethnic who are citizen of Myanmar. Due to the failure of registration with UNHCR, many Rohingya asylum seekers are forced to use fake UNCHR cards in order to survive.
The Rohingya faces various kinds of prosecutions from the Myanmar government. The Rohingya became the victims of Genocide and have to flee from or homeland to save our lives. In this situation we will always obey the national laws and regulations of the country who give us protection. Currently lots of Rohingya have been arrested, tortured and killed due to allegation by the Myanmar government that they were involve with Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
We hope the Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak, Asean Leaders and the World Leaders will raise the Rohingya’s plight during the 25th ASEAN SUMMIT in Myanmar that take place today and tomorrow. As the theme for the 2014 ASEAN Chairmanship is “Moving Forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community”, Myanmar government must stop its continuous prosecutions and Genocide towards ethnic minority Rohingya in order to achieve a Peaceful and Prosperous Community. If not, Myanmar will continuously giving problem to its neighboring countries and to the world at large.
We hope the President Barack Obama and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will raise the Rohingya’s plight during the two days meeting. We hope both President Barack Obama and Ban Ki Moon will conduct a special meeting with Myanmar government to end prosecutions and Genocide towards minority Rohingya.
We hope for the continuous support from the Malaysian government, Asean countries, United Nations and the International Communities at large to save the remaining Rohingya.
Zafar Ahmad Bin Abdul Ghani
Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)
Tel No: +6016-6827287