Friday, December 16, 2016

Good cop, bad cop trick to save Rohingya

It's easy for good intention to be downplayed by politics.

Just because the Rohingya cause was championed by both UMNO and PAS, doubt have to be implanted. Immediately, the joint demonstration is painted as mere political hype.

The humanitarian effort is being downplayed with bigotry inclination. If the genocide victims were Myanmar Buddhist, it will subtly allowed to be misinterpreted as though UMNO and PAS would not be concerned. Some outrightly infer it is a Muslim versus Buddhist clash

It is a humanitarian disaster and the situation is worsening. No politics please.

All parties should put aside local politics and unite to support the effort without question. It is the worse time to discuss and criticise policies for political mileage as Azrul Md Khalid did in FMT to claim Najib's megaphone diplomacy failed.

Desperate times call for creative measures.Ever hear of good cop and bad cop?

Wisma Putra: Vocal stand on Rohingyas has produced results

FMT Reporters | December 15, 2016

In explaining the reason for Putrajaya’s strong stand against the persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar, foreign ministry says the vocal tone has contributed to Myanmar hosting a meeting to discuss the issue.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s strong stand against the persecution of Rohingyas is the reason Myanmar is hosting an Asean Foreign Ministers’ Retreat on Dec 19 to discuss the situation in the northern Rakhine state, says Wisma Putra.

“Myanmar’s willingness to address the criticism head-on is a change of tact for the country, as was the change in Malaysia’s tone in dealing with Myanmar.” the foreign ministry said in a statement today.

It was responding to a comment piece in FMT, “Myanmar’s Snub to Malaysia’s Megaphone Diplomacy”, by Azrul Mohd Khalib on Dec 12.

The statement said Foreign Minister Anifah Aman was prepared to discuss with his Myanmar counterpart, Aung San Suu Kyi, on how Malaysia could “assist Myanmar in finding a just, expeditious and durable solution to the protracted issue in the northern Rakhine state”.

In talking about the recent rally protesting the atrocities in Myanmar against the Rohingyas, and where Prime Minister Najib Razak had voiced strong condemnation, Azrul had suggested better results could have been expected if a more diplomatic approach had been taken.

He had said: “Arguably, the recent actions of the government jeopardise any further possibility of Malaysia playing a credible part or sincere role in ensuring a long-term resolution to what is happening in Rakhine State.”

Rebutting this, the foreign ministry said it believed that “it is due to Malaysia’s vocal position on the issue” that Myanmar had now come forward to host the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Retreat.

The foreign ministry went on to explain why Putrajaya was taking such a strong stand.

Malaysia, it said, was concerned that if the crisis in northern Rakhine State was not addressed urgently by the Myanmar government, it would impact the security and stability of the region, including Malaysia.

“The exodus of more refugees to neighbouring countries, including Malaysia, would witness a repeat of the 2015 boat people crisis.

In fact, it said, during the 2015 boat people crisis, Malaysia played an instrumental role by convening a tripartite meeting with Indonesia and Thailand at Wisma Putra in May that year.

A this meeting, Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to provide humanitarian assistance and temporary shelter to 7,000 boat people stranded along the three countries’ maritime borders while awaiting resettlement or repatriation.

“Malaysia’s leading role in this instance led to a resolution of the crisis and saved innocent lives,” it said.

The statement went on to say: “That is why Malaysia views the current situation in the northern Rakhine state as no longer an ‘internal affair’ but one of regional consequence.”

It noted that Asean, as a community of nations, had a responsibility to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of peoples in accordance with the Asean Charter and the Charter of the United Nations, as well as the Asean Human Rights Declaration.

“It is in this context that Malaysia, as an Asean member state, is taking a strong position on the issue. Malaysia needs to speak out on issues regarding gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms as it is the right thing to do,” the statement added.
Bernama report in The Mole reads as Anifah ready to meet Aung Sung Suu Kyi.

According to Bung Nagara, Senior Fellow at ISIS, Suu Kyi has no voice. However, a series of material received proved otherwise:
It fits in with the unthinkable perception perpetrated on the Buddhist monks of Myanmar:

However, it unthinkable for men of the cloth to resort to such violence and inhumane acts. Practising Buddhist are the most peaceful and considerate people.

There is a lot not known of the Rohingya humanitarian disaster. There is a history to be understood. It is likely to be another human spoils or social time bomb left by the colonial master before independence to its colonies.

There is the local economic, cultural, and security issues to consider.

In the meanwhile, we could the least pray for the Rohingya or help e-mail Ban Ki-moon to urge him to fly to Burma and negotiate to *LET THE AID IN. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is making much effort.

There are many ways to help the Rohingya and it includes helping them here too and making donation:

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