Malaysian PM Tells Suu Kyi: Stop Genocide of Rohingya Muslims

Malaysian PM Tells Suu Kyi:  Stop Genocide of Rohingya MuslimsMalaysian PM Tells Suu Kyi:  Stop Genocide of Rohingya Muslims

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi must step in to prevent the “genocide” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, as he criticized the Nobel laureate for her inaction.

Addressing a 5,000-strong rally in Kuala Lumpur, Razak said the Myanmar government must stop the bloody crackdown in its far west that has sent thousands of Rohingya fleeing, many with stories of rape, torture and murder. quoted the premier asking the crowd, “What’s the use of Aung San Suu Kyi having a Nobel Prize?”

“We want to tell Aung San Suu Kyi, enough is enough ... We must and we will defend Muslims and Islam,” he said as supporters chanted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”).

He also demanded that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation take action. 

“Please do something. The UN, do something. The world cannot sit and watch genocide taking place,” said Najib.

More than 10,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, the United Nations said on Wednesday, escaping a bloody army crackdown in the north of Rakhine state. 

Arrivals in Bangladesh have told AFP horrifying stories of gang rape, torture and murder at the hands of Myanmar’s security forces.

Myanmar has denied allegations of abuse, but has also banned foreign journalists and independent investigators from the area.

Muslim-majority Malaysia has recently upped its criticism of Myanmar for its handling of the crisis. 

Last month, it summoned the Myanmar ambassador, while around 500 Malaysians and Rohingya marched to the embassy in the Malaysian capital carrying banners denouncing the genocide. 

A senior minister has called on ASEAN, the 10-country Southeast Asia bloc, to review Myanmar’s membership, while a strongly-worded statement from the foreign ministry on Saturday accused Myanmar of engaging in “ethnic cleansing”.

But analysts said on Sunday the issue is a convenient smokescreen for Najib who is fighting allegations he took part in embezzling billions of dollars of public cash through state fund 1MDB. Both he and the fund deny any wrongdoing.

James Chin, director of the Asia Institute at the University of Tasmania, told AFP that Najib “is there (at the rally) to boost his standing as an Islamic leader”, with a general election looming.


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