Malaysia not doing enough for the Rohingya, says Wan Azizah
The opposition leader says Malaysia must use its position on the UN Security Council to press for an emergency motion on this matter.
KUALA LUMPUR: Cancelling football matches and holding solidarity gatherings are not enough if Malaysia is serious in making a stand against the genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar, said opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
In taking aim at Prime Minister Najib Razak, Wan Azizah said although the Umno president had expressed sympathy towards the plight of the Rohingya at the party’s recently concluded general assembly, she questioned why Malaysia was not doing anything on the global stage, seeing that it holds the position as a Non-Permanent Member of the UN Security Council.
“The genocide of the Rohingya currently taking place in Myanmar is truly a major tragedy in human history. This tragedy is being witnessed by Malaysians and the entire world. Even so, the Malaysian government seems unwilling to act on this tragedy,” she said in a statement today.
She pointed out that Malaysia, which currently sits on the UN Security Council has the responsibility to press for an emergency motion on this matter.
Wan Azizah, who is also PKR president cautioned Putrajaya not to hide behind the excuse it frequently uses – Asean’s ‘non-interference’ policy – when it is pressured to take a more serious position.
“The Asean ‘non-interference’ policy is also used when the Malaysian Government does not want to discuss this issue in Parliament. Neither has the Malaysian Government acknowledged Rohingya refugees as war refugees,” she said.
She also hoped that as a founder member of Asean, Malaysia must take the lead in overcoming old traditions by bringing up this human tragedy at the next Asean summit.
“If the Malaysian Government was truly serious about the genocide of the Rohingya, the first thing that it must do is to acknowledge Rohingya refugees as war refugees,” Wan Azizah added.
Earlier today, Umno and PAS politicians put aside their political differences to come together for a solidarity gathering for the Rohingya at the Stadium Titiwangsa.
Najib, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and his number two Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man were at the event.
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