Malaysia wants Burma situation elevated to higher international forum

07-Sep-2017 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Malaysia is gravely concerned with the continuous violence perpetrated against the Rohingyas in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

Foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said the nationa also believed the matter of sustained violence and discrimination should be elevated to a higher international forum.

He said despite repeated calls by Asean members for Myanmar to find a solution on the issue in a peaceful manner, Myanmar has not shown the will nor desire to do so.

“Although the Myanmar government has given its assurance to carry out measures to solve the problem, the recent incidents of violence as widely reported by the media show that little, if any progress has been achieved.

“Towards that end, the ministry has today summoned the ambassador of Myanmar to Malaysia to express our displeasure on the latest situation of violence,” Anifah said in a statement today.

Anifah added that as a Nobel laureate who stood up for the principles of human rights, the international community had placed high expectations on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to achieve national peace and reconciliation in Myanmar.

“It is Malaysia’s hopes that she will be able to fulfil these expectations soon,” he said.

The number of Rohingya refugees crossing from Myanmar into Bangladesh has surged, the United Nations said with more than 35,000 new arrivals identified in the last 24 hours and more than 123,000 Rohingya now said to have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August 25.


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