Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani

STOP GENOCIDE: They will march from the Tabung Haji building at 3pm to the Myanmar embassy

SOME 5,000 members of the Rohingya community here are expected to stage a demonstration outside the Myanmar embassy today to protest against the atrocities committed against their people in Rakhine state.

The group will gather at the Tabung Haji building in Jalan Tun Razak at 3pm after Friday prayers before beginning the “Stop the Genocide of Rohingya” march to the embassy.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Merhrom) president Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani said members of the Rohingya community throughout Malaysia would join the protest.

He said they would join Umno Youth members in the protest.

On Wednesday, Umno Youth vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun said the movement would hold a demonstration in front of the embassy to protest against the sectarian violence against Rohingya Muslims in the Buddhist-majority country.

Khairul Azwan said they would submit a memorandum to urge the government of Myanmar to stop the abuse, and urged nongovernmental organisations and political parties to join them.

Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims are the majority in the state of Rakhine, but are denied citizenship by the government.

Zafar said his relatives who were still in Rakhine had informed him that 15 villages had been torched since last month, when tensions escalated.

At least 86 people have been killed and 30,000 displaced in the violence.

“The Myanmar government has publicly announced that they would remove us from our land and urged countries that want to help to come with their ships and aircraft to pick us up and bring us to their country.”

More Rohingya Muslims poured into neighbouring Bangladesh this week, and some are feared drowned after a boat sank in a river.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police would monitor the country’s border to prevent the illegal entry of Rohingya refugees.

However, he said, as the border areas were wide, police could not afford to station personnel at every point.

“There are leakages but if they are caught entering our country illegally, action will be taken under our immigration laws,” he said after giving a lecture on national security at the International Islamic University Malaysia yesterday.

Malaysia remains one of the top destinations of choice for the Rohingya Muslims because of its Muslim-majority society.

There are more than 154,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia and more than 45,000 are Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Those who come here, many illegally through human traffickers, struggle to survive as they do not have the right to work and obtain legal education as Malaysia is not a signatory to UNHCR’s 1951 Refugee Convention. Recently the Malaysian government gave the green light for 300 registered Rohingya refugees to work in the plantation and manufacturing sectors.

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By Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia ( MERHROM) Posted in Uncategorized

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