by Oh! Semput
HOME Posted on 19 Sep 2017 14:00:54
Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman is set to deliver Malaysia’s national statement at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The Rohingya issue will figure largely in his speech given the gravity of the matter. This will not be the first time Dato’ Sri Anifah is speaking out on the atrocities facing Myanmar’s Rohingya. He had previously raised this issue during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting held in Myanmar in December 2016. At the time he stressed that Rohingyas’ plight was a regional concern and called for the 10-nation bloc to investigate the alleged violence committed against them and to coordinate humanitarian aid. Myanmar has of coursed continued to fend off criticisms while denying the accusations, stating that the media reports are fabricated. Moreover the government insists the strife in Rakhine State is an internal problem.
Dato’ Sri Anifah’s UNGA address is timely given Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak’s recent visit to the United States whereby the prime minister had brought Malaysia’s concern to President Donald Trump’s attention. Dato’ Sri Najib also spoke out on the Rohingnya crisis at the opening of a special meeting of foreign ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) early this year. The prime minister expressed that the matter was no longer confined to Myanmar since the violence fueled an exodus of refugees that could potentially destabilize the region. Dato’ Sri Najib underscored the possibility of terrorist organizations such as ISIS taking advantage of the situation as well.
Under the prime minister’s leadership, Malaysia has taken pivotal steps in ensuring the unfortunate circumstances surrounding Myanmar’s minority Muslim are raised internationally. Given the muted response from the international community in the past, it is high time now for the international community to take any form of action against the Myanmar government. Most importantly Aung San Suu Kyi is finally being recognized as being part of the problem rather than part of the solution. Leading human rights activists and the media have acknowledged her failure to act or at least speak out on the Rohingya issue. As Malaysians we stand united against this tragedy facing the Rohingya community. May Dato’ Sri Anifah deliver a resounding speech at UNGA this Friday.