‘Asean needs to engage Myanmar over atrocities against Rohingya’

‘Asean needs to engage Myanmar over atrocities against Rohingya’

GEORGE TOWN: Malaysia must continue exerting pressure on Myanmar to end the injustices against the Rohingya.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Mehrom) secretary-general Muhammad Rafik Abdul Ghani hoped Malaysia would convey a strong message on the matter to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Yangon.

“The retreat is important as it is the first on the issue of Rohingya held by the Myanmar government. We hope the meeting will produce positive results.

“We also urge every country to raise the issue on the persecution of the Rohingya with the Myanmar government,” he said.

On Saturday, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Suu Kyi had called for an emergency meeting to brief Asean foreign ministers on the developments in northern Rakhine State. The meeting will be held in Yangon today.

“It is important for Asean countries to engage with the Myanmar government,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

Rafik said Mehrom was grateful for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s significant role in getting the meeting organised and hoped it would yield positive results in determining the fate of the Rohingya.

“We hope to solve the crisis, which can be done through dialogue in the presence of the international community. An intervention from the international community must be done now,” he said.

On Nov 25, Wisma Putra issued a statement against the killing and displacement of the Rohingya.

On the same day, the cabinet discussed the situation in Rakhine and directed Anifah to meet with Suu Kyi as soon as possible.

In Kuantan, the Pahang Youth Council (MBNP) said Malaysia had effectively demonstrated a strong stand against the persecution of the Rohingya.

Its president, Khairul Amin Osman, said Malaysia’s efforts in pushing for the restoration of the Rohingya community’s rights should be ongoing.

“Malaysia has no intention of interfering in Myanmar’s affairs as we are aware of Asean’s principle of non-interference.

“I believe this can be resolved amicably among Asean countries without straining ties with Myanmar.”

Khairul Amin said he was confident that Asean, through formal discussions, could end the oppression and violence against the Rohingya.

“This is now an international matter as it could affect other Asean countries. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are displaced and seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. They either go through the United Nations High Commission For Refugees or enter neighbouring countries illegally,” he said.

Pahang Mycare deputy chairman Zool Fadli Hamzah has urged the international community to not turn a blind eye to the plight of the Rohingya.

In Ipoh, Perak Deputy Mufti Zamri Hashim said Myanmar should embrace the Asean spirit in finding a solution to the humanitarian issue.

“The Myanmar government can no longer claim that the Rohingya issue as an internal issue or conflict,” he said, urging Myanmar to allow humanitarian aid to be extended to the Rohingya.

“We hope Myanmar would open its doors and allow other countries in to help the Rohingya,” said Zamri, who is also the president of Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia’s (Isma) Ipoh branch president.

Earlier, 200 people joined a solidarity walk, organised by Perak Aman Palestine and Isma’s Ipoh branch to raise awareness about the injustices faced by Muslims in Myanmar, Syria and Palestine.

State Aman Palestin director Khairul Amin Ibrahim said the event, held in conjunction with the Ipoh Car Free Day yesterday, was a continuation of the protest held in front of Russian embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, which demanded the Russian government cease attacks on civilians in Aleppo.

During the protest, Aman Palestin submitted a memorandum to a representative of the embassy.

“We want to the public to show their support to our relatives in Aleppo, Syria. This is not a religious issue, but a humanitarian one to address the cruelty happening now.”

The crowd walked around Ipoh at 8.30am and distributed a red headband with the word #SaveAleppo to pedestrians.

Rohingya Society in Malaysia chairman Mohammad Hassan Miya Huson said the body had written a letter to the United Nations (UN) on the atrocities in Rakhine State.

“We plan to submit the letter on Monday to highlight the severity of the matter to the UN,” he said on behalf of 5,000 Rohingya in Ipoh.

He thanked the government, especially Najib, for supporting the “Himpunan Solidariti Ummah Untuk Rohingya” recently.

Source by: https://www.pressreader.com

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

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