A federation of Muslim groups today questioned the lack of action from Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi over the continued attacks on Rohingya Muslims.
Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organization (Mapim) expressed regret that the 1991 Nobel Peace winner was ignoring the attacks on Muslim minorities in the country.
“It is regretful that due to political manuevering to win over Buddhist voters, she choose ignoring the plight of the minority Rohingyas. She has comprised her principles and her political interest has taken precedence,” said Mapim president,
Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid.
Violent clashes between Buddhist and Muslim communities continue in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and have so far left tens of thousands of Rohingya, many of them fleeing to neighbouring borders.
The UN estimates there are around 240,000 internally displaced people.
Despite coming to power after the historic elections last year, Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy had been relatively silent over the Rohingya issue.
“The hate campaign against Muslim minorities has shown no signs of receding but has indeed shown a growing intense attacks on villages resulting new refugees seeking protection from the authorities,” said Azmi.
He said Suu Kyi’s current position in power should have encouraged her to reform the system and stop the opression of the Rohingyas.
“Why has Suu Kyi keeping silent on the serious acts of violence.
“What path is she taking to move forward for a democratic nation if she is hesitent to rectify the long years of injustice to the minority groups? Has she not have feelings as a mother to the helpless thousands of children of the Rohingya minority in squalid IDP camps?” asked Azmi.
He reminded Suu Kyi of the quote, “Freedom must be demanded and defended by those who is denied it and by those who are already free”.
“We challenge her to realise this commitment for the oppressed Rohingya minority , less her quotes remains as a hallow rhetorics,” added Azmi.