Myanmar’s root cause of the crisis in Rakhine state must be addressed: Malaysia PM

On Thursday the prime minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in his speech at the 37th ASEAN Summit Plenary session said that the core cause of the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state needs to be addressed. He also mentioned the internally displaced people (IDPs), irregular movement of people from the State, and their inrush into neighbouring countries are some spillover effects.

“We have consistently advocated for a durable solution to the dire plight of the Rohingya, who are increasingly vulnerable to exploitation,” the PM said.

“Malaysia reaffirms the need for proportionate burden and responsibility sharing, and calls for the signatory countries of the 1951 Convention to uphold and stand committed to their international legal obligations to receive more refugees for resettlement or relocation,” said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“Malaysia supports a repatriation process, which is voluntary, safe and dignified, of displaced persons from Rakhine State,” he added.

ASEAN, established in 1967, comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Malaysia is the major recipient country of the Rohingya people in Southeast Asia.