PUTRAJAYA — Nov. 18, 2017: The efforts of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to champion the Rohingya issue internationally are beginning to bear fruit as Myanmar is apparently taking steps to resolve the crisis.
According to Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Malaysia is satisfied with the assurance given by Myanmar’s national advisor Aung San Suu Kyi, who led her country’s delegation to the 31st Asean Summit in Manila recently.
She assured that the recommendations of the report by the Rakhine Advisory Commission chaired by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan would be implemented.
“Malaysia highlighted the Rohingya issue at the Asean level, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and at the United Nations.
“It is safe to say that this is all because of Najib’s efforts,” Anifah said at a post-Asean Summit media briefing here today.
Suu Kyi also stated that Myanmar and Bangladesh were expected to sign a memorandum of understanding for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar.
“She stated that the MoU will be implemented soon after the countries sign the agreement.
“It is likely that Myanmar will be able to implement the return of Rohingya refugees within three weeks. The prime minister wants me to follow the developments.
“So we wait and see if it can be done. I will contact the Bangladesh foreign minister to know about the conditions imposed by Myanmar so that the Rohinya can return to that country.”
Anifah said Najib argued that the MoU should not place conditions that make it difficult for the Rohingya to return.
If Myanmar wants certain documentation, for example, this cannot be done because they do not have any documents.
More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine state for Bangladesh following an assault on civilians by the Myanmar army. — Bernama