The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, H.E U Sein Oo, today (5 September 2017) to convey the Government of Malaysia’s deep concern regarding the escalation of violence in the Rakhine State. The message was conveyed by the Deputy Secretary General for Bilateral Affairs, H.E Ambassador Raja Nushirwan Zainal Abidin to the Ambassador of Myanmar during a meeting at Wisma Putra.
The Ministry conveyed the Government of Malaysia’s grave concerns regarding the allegation on the escalation of violence as a result of security operation to take action on the perpetrators of the attack on 25th August 2017. It was stressed that security measures taken following the attacks must not lead to another humanitarian crisis.
It was emphasised that member states of ASEAN are bound by the international principles of the protection and promotion of human rights, which are enshrined in the ASEAN Charter.
The Ministry further stressed for unimpeded humanitarian access to be given to those affected by the current situation in Rakhine.
Malaysia recognises the complexity of the situation in Rakhine and urge Myanmar to address the situation including the root causes of the problem. However, if the current situation in Rakhine is not addressed judiciously, it would result in the fleeing of more Rohingyas to neighbouring countries, including Malaysia. It would also see more people in Rakhine become increasingly vulnerable to recruitment by extremists. Both have the potential to greatly impact the security and stability of the region.
For these reasons, the Malaysian Government views that it is vital for the Myanmar Government to speedily implement the recommendations of the final report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. In this regard, the Ministry reiterated the Malaysian Government’s readiness to extend support and assist the Myanmar Government to address the complex challenges in the Rakhine State.
On a related matter, on Monday, 4 September 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs YB Dato’ Sri Anifah Haji Aman had telephone conversations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, HE Mohammad Javad Zarif and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, HE Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu. Their discussions focused on the plight of the Rohingya people including a proposal to convene a special meeting of the OIC on the issue at a place and time to be decided in due course.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia