KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will continue to raise the issue of oppression and violence of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, Myanmar, to state its stance and offer help, through whatever platforms, to find a solution to the conflict.
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said while Malaysia practised the principle of respecting the sovereignty of regions and national identity, as well as non-intervention in the domestic matters of another country, it was concerned and viewed seriously the issue concerning the violence and oppression of the Rohingya community in Rakhine State.
Reezal spoke at length on the issue in his winding-up speech at the Dewan Negara yesterday, addressing points that had been raised in debates by other senators about what extent the Malaysian government could go to in pressuring Myanmar to stop the violence against the Rohingya.
“Asean and Malaysia still insist that the Rohingya issue is an international issue, with implications on regional economic and political stability,” he said.
Myanmar, Reezal said, relented after continuous urging by Malaysia, and told the house that a meeting among Asean foreign ministers would be held in Yangon on Monday.
“In that meeting, the foreign ministers will have the opportunity to talk and exchange views on the situation, as well as suggest a longterm solution for the Rohingya.”
He said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had written to the OIC to discuss the Rohingya issue, and following that, the OIC secretariat had informed all member countries, with Malaysia stating its readiness to host the meeting.
On a suggestion by one of the senators for Myanmar’s Asean membership to be reviewed, Reezal said that they operated on the basis of consensus.
Source by: https://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/new-straits-times/20161215/281865823111079