Muhyiddin: If the crisis left unresolved, more people from Myanmar will come to Malaysia and they become a liability to us

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JAKARTA APR.24: Myanmar has agreed to receive an envoy either headed by the ASEAN Chairman or the Secretary General to study the situation in the country and take necessary steps to resolve the current political crisis.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said, the General representing Myanmar Armed Forces Tatmadaw has not rejected the ASEAN Leaders’ proposals and agreed to receive ASEAN envoy to Myanmar in a suitable time.

Muhyiddin said, Malaysia takes the political crisis in Myanmar seriously as the government is now supporting 200,000 people from Rakhine who left Myanmar even before the current crisis happened.

“If the crisis continues and left unresolved, more people from Myanmar will come to Malaysia and they become a liability to us,” Muhyiddin said at a press conference after delivering his intervention notes at the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting held here today.

The Prime Minister said, the other two important matters brought up by Malaysia in the meeting include urging Myanmar to immediately free all political detainees and to stop violence causing deaths.

“Malaysia’s proposal to give humanitarian aids in the form of food and vaccine supplies to the people in Myanmar during the political crisis had received support from the ASEAN member countries,” Muhyiddin added.

The Prime Minister also stressed that a national reconciliation should be conducted where all parties negotiate according to democracy principles.

According to the Prime Minister, the issues in Myanmar had been discussed with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on his visit to Indonesia recently followed with the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah as the ASEAN Chairman 2021on his visit to Brunei Darussalam last week.

“We regard the meeting is successful as what have been proposed are accepted by the representative of Myanmar military. This is not an intervention but as ASEAN member and according to the provisions in the ASEAN Charter, the crisis could be resolved via discussions and negotiations.

“Earlier the United States of America (USA) and the European countries had the opinion that the ASEAN Leaders are not doing anything to help resolve Myanmar’s crisis,” Muhyiddin reiterated.

Muhyiddin said, the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting had made a wise decision and after meeting both sides involved in the political crisis including Aung Suu Kyi the crisis could be resolved.

However he said, the details of the ASEAN envoy to Myanmar will be followed up by the Foreign Minister and the ASEAN Secretary General. –Malaysia World News



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