OIC special envoy to Myanmar, Syed Hamid Syed Albar said that Myanmar military’s attacks on Rohingya villages in Rakhine since Nov 12 had so far resulted in 428 deaths, 1,780 houses burned down and 35,000 people becoming refugees.
He said the Myanmar government under the leadership of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi must stop the carnage by its military which had aroused anger among the international community, more so when the country was moving towards democracy.
“There should be immediate action against this hatred (towards the Rohingya Muslims) which is akin to the Rwandan genocide (in Africa). Malaysia and other OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) countries in Asean should act together to resolve this issue.
“We have no intention to interfere, but if we allow this carnage to go on, it’s not the answer. We need to act collectively,” he said.
Asked if the Asean countries should open their doors and accept the entry of Rohingya refugees, he said it should be for providing temporary shelter to them.
“However, the Myanmar government is responsible for this as they are the cause of the problem. Surely we should not be keep silent and say this is Myanmar’s problem. We will intervene when there are human rights violations,” he said.