KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 2016 : Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he will attend the Rohingya Solidarity Gathering in the national capital tomorrow in his capacity as Umno president.
In his winding up speech on the debate on the motions at the end of the 2016 Umno General Assembly, Najib condemned in the strongest terms the racial genocide that was reported to be taking place in Myanmar.
The solidarity gathering, he said, was not aimed at interfering in the internal affairs of Myanmar, as said in a statement by the Office of the President of Myanmar, on the other hand it was to defend humanitarian values.
“God willing, tomorrow Umno president Najib Razak will attend. I will not move even an inch because it is not Najib Razak who is attending, (it is) Najib Razak (who)is representing three million Umno members (attending), this is our stand, this is a party with a big heart,” he said to the thunderous applause of the delegates at the gathering.
Prior to that, the Umno president asked the delegates at the gathering whether he should attend and he received the resounding answer ‘attend!!’ from them.
Najib, who is also Prime Minister, said if the problem was not resolved, Malaysia itself would be facing the problem of the influx of refugees from Myanmar.
According to the record, there are currently 56,000 Rohingya and Myanmar holding the United Nations High Commission For Refugees (UNHCR) cards in the country, and there are others not on record, whose number is not known, he added. – Bernama