Selangor Journal

ASEAN needs to intervene in Rohingya issue

BY: HAFIZAN TAIB
SHAH ALAM, DEC 1:  KEADILAN strongly urges Asean countries to speak up and intervene in the Rohingya ethnic cleansing in Myammar.
FILE - In this June 13, 2012 file photo, a Rohingya Muslim man who fled Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape religious violence, cries as he pleads from a boat after he and others were intercepted by Bangladeshi border authorities in Taknaf, Bangladesh. She is known as the voice of Myanmar's downtrodden but there is one oppressed group that Aung San Suu Kyi does not want to discuss. For weeks, Suu Kyi has dodged questions on the plight of a Muslim minority known as the Rohingya, prompting rare criticism of the woman whose struggle for democracy and human rights in Myanmar have earned her a Nobel Peace Prize, and adoration worldwide. (AP Photo/Anurup Titu, File)
KEADILAN Deputy President Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said that Asean should have acted promptly on issues like this to protect the rights and safety of the oppressed group.
“KEADILAN and myself, firmly believe that Asean should no longer practice the non-intervention policy and should express their views on relevant issues and in this case, protect the rights of the minority group in Myanmar,” he said to the media, here, on November 30.
The Selangor Menteri Besar also hopes that Myanmar and especially its foreign minister, Aung San Suu Kyi will not continue to remain silent and should take a stand in this matter.
Many parties have condemned the violence on the ethnic Rohingya in Rakhine, which saw bloodshed, with many deaths and homeless.
It was reported that Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman will meet with the country’s state counsellor and Suu Kyi as soon as possible, to express Malaysia’s concern.

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