Rohingyas stage protest in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA: Nearly 1,000 Rohingyas staged an emotional protest near the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, demanding an immediate end to violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, formerly known as Arakan.
The Muslim Rohingyas make up the bulk of the 80,000-strong Myanmar refugees in Malaysia. An estimated 30,000 Rohingyas live in Malaysia. The Rohingyas said the flare up of violence in Arakan has claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people and they want an end to the alleged atrocities. They want a UN peacekeeping force as well as a medical team to be sent there immediately.
Many fear that thousands of Rohingyas may be heading towards a crisis situation without food, shelter and medication. Many were anguished by what they described as international apathy towards the plight of the stateless Rohingyas.
Political analysts described the issue of stateless Rohingyas as a political minefield where Aung San Suu Kyi is now under pressure to address. Some are hopeful about the change she can bring.
“She can do a lot. She can do a lot. Now, she is in Switzerland. She can highlight to the world. She can do her own part to stop the killing first,” said a protester.