Sunday January 1, 2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 — The Myanmar government said that it did not receive any request by a Malaysian flotilla to enter its borders to deliver aid to the Rohingya Muslims.
According to PressTV, the Myanmar presidential office said that the government will also not receive the flotilla without permission.
“If they are looking for trouble, we will not accept that,” Zaw Htay, the spokesman for the presidential office, reportedly said.
“No non-Myanmar citizens can enter our body of water without our permission. If they do, we will respond — we will not attack them, but we will not receive them,” he added.
The coalition organising the flotilla, led by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organisations, said that it had applied for permission to cross into Myanmar’s waters through the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur but are yet to receive a response.
The flotilla would set sail on January 10 from Malaysia, according to organisers.
It would carry 1,000 tonnes of rice, medical aid and other essentials for the Rohingyas.
Ties between Myanmar and Malaysia have been strained in recent times after the latter’s public criticism of the Myanmar government’s handling of the plight of Rohingyas.
Many Rohingya Muslims are not recognised as Myanmar citizens, and have been fleeing to Malaysia and other countries as refugees following violence in the Rakhine state.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak attended a rally in Kuala Lumpur over the plight of the Rohingyas, prompting Myanmar to reject any “interference” in its domestic affairs.