MALAYSIA: CALLS TO SEVERE TIES WITH MYANMAR UNJUSTIFIED

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The calls to severe diplomatic relations with Myanmar is unjustified, as it will only marginalise that country, and narrowing the chances of Malaysia and other ASEAN countries to stop the oppression of the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.

Deputy Foreign Minister Reezal Merican Naina Merican said Malaysia’s success in realising humanitarian mission to the area had indirectly proved the positive acceptance of the Myanmar government on the efforts and initiatives of the country and Malaysians along with the international community to halt the atrocities.

“The bilateral relationship between Malaysia and Myanmar has enabled the humanitarian mission of the Food Flotilla for Myanmar to be successfully completed in February 2017.

“The Myanmar government welcomed the initiative by the Malaysian government and non-governmental organisation led by Member of Parliament for Baling Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.

They have also been giving full cooperation to ensure smooth distribution of essential goods to the affected communities in Rakhine,” he told the Dewan Rakyat (Lower House) today.

Reezal Merican was replying to a question by Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR-Permatang Pauh) who asked whether the government had any intention to severe diplomatic ties with Myanmar.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK