Myanmar police: Insurgents killed 28 Hindu women and boys

Malaysia disputes Cayetano's ASEAN chair statement on Rohingya

"Everyone knows that the Rohingya have no documents on them as they are not recognized as citizens of Myanmar".

DAP's global secretary V Sivakumar, who said the opposition party was contacted by Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican, similarly expressed its backing of the ministry's stance over the Asean chairman's statement. While looking at the history, one finds that Rohingyas are the world's most oppressed and persecuted minority.

While Malaysia condemns the attacks against Myanmar security forces on August 25 launched by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), he noted that subsequent "clearance operations" efforts by Myanmar authorities was disproportionate and has led to deaths of many innocent civilians and caused more than 400,000 Rohingyas to be displaced.

At the same time, there is emerging evidence of ethnic and religious cleansing of Hindus and Buddhists caused by the Saudi- and Pakistani-backed Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) terror group, which kicked off the crisis with attacks on Myanmar border posts on August 25 that killed dozens of Myanmar's military personnel.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, in a statement Monday, said the ASEAN statement was issued after "extensive consultations with Malaysia" and taking into account the sentiments of the other members of the 10-member regional bloc.

Also among their many demands was for State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to meet displaced Rohingya in person in both Rakhine State and Bangladesh.

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi should personally meet members of the Muslim Rohingya minority which is being subjected to ongoing persecution by the military, a group of United Nations human rights experts said on Tuesday.

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi told the Jakarta Post that the ASEAN chairperson's statement was a result of a closed-door meeting of foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations assembly on Saturday.

The Security Council earlier this month called for "immediate steps" to end the violence, following a closed-door meeting.

Klang MP Charles Santiago today praised Foreign Minister Anifah Aman for disassociating Malaysia from the statement issued on the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state by Asean chairman Alan Peter Cayetano. "It's the failure of the Philippines to attempt to reflect the views of all ASEAN member states". It is also essential that the characterization of Rohingyas as national security threats ceases immediately, and that the equal protection of the law and the right to life is extended to these refugees in line with long-standing precedent on the issue.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a growing risk of a cholera epidemic at makeshift refugee camps in Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands of Myanmarese Rohingya Muslim refugees are sheltered in dire conditions.

"At the request of the Bangladesh authorities, UNHCR and our partners have scaled up protection and life-saving support to the new arrivals in Kutupalong and Nayapara camps, and extended this support to the informal settlements surrounding these camps", the agency said in a statement.

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