Mahathir wants pressure applied on Myanmar
The Sun Daily
Tue, 19 May 2015, 1:30:21 pm
Mahathir at the launch of his book in Putrajaya today
PUTRAJAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today condemned the ill-treatment of the Rohingyas by Myanmar, saying its government should be pressured to stop such acts.
During a question and answer session at the launch of his new book, “Selected Letters to World Leaders – Volume Two“, Mahathir described the actions of the Myanmar government as unacceptable.
“Why can’t they accept the Rohingyas? They’ve been there for centuries.”
“We (Malaysia) must prevail upon the Myanmar government to treat its Muslim citizens fairly,” he said, adding that despite their difference in faith they were still citizens nonetheless.
During the press conference, Mahathir also added that Asean needed to apply pressure on Myanmar to resolve the issue.
“These are inhumane acts, even more so given the Rohingyas are citizens.”
Mahathir dismissed any notion of interfering in the internal affairs of others, stating: “This is no longer internal, it’s affecting everyone else as well.”
On a separate note, Mahathir commented on Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia’s denial of resigning, saying “he has humiliated me”.
He asserted that Pandikar was the one who approached him.
Mahathir described how Pandikar expressed his dissatisfaction with the current government, and stated his intent to resign from his position.
“This is what he told me, after which he asked what he should do as the House Speaker.
I said if you want to resign, go ahead.”
Mahathir said he believed Pandikar submitted a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, adding “saya cuma ulang apa yang dia kata (I’m just repeating what he said)”.
Meanwhile, Asean and the United Nations have been urged to face the Myanmar government to resolve the influx of Rohingya migrants and asylum seekers from Myanmar and Bangladeshis into Southeast Asian waters.
In making the call, Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (MERHROM) president Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani said if they fail to do so, the world will continue to see Rohingya boat people risking their lives to seek refuge in other countries.
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