KUALA LUMPUR – The fate of the Myanmar ethnic group, Rohingya drew the attention of UMNO wings at their respective assemblies today, with UMNO Youth urging for Myanmar’s membership in ASEAN to be reviewed following the oppression and cruelty imposed on the ethnic community.
Its head, Khairy Jamaluddin said the principle of non-intervention could not be applied when there was massive destruction committed in an ASEAN nation.
The UMNO Youth also urged the Myanmar government to take immediate action to stop all forms of cruelty against the ethnic group immediately.
“I wish to emphasise that the UMNO Youth movement strongly criticises the cruelty against the Rohingya in Myanmar which is most inhuman and totally unacceptable by anyone,” he said when delivering the policy speech at the UMNO Youth General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre, here Wednesday.
Earlier in his speech, Khairy who is also the Youth and Sports Minister drew the attention of the delegates to a video clip showing the cruelties against the Rohingya ethnic group in Myanmar.
Puteri UMNO also criticised the slaughtering and cleansing of the Rohingya ethnic group in the Rakhine northern province over the past few months and called on everyone particularly the international bodies such as the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), ASEAN and the United Nations (UN) to pass an immediate resolution to stop the inhuman action carried out by the Myanmar regime.
Puteri UMNO head Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin also called on the Nobel Prize Award Committee to withdraw the Noble Peace Award to Myanmar Foreign Minister and Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
“The homes of the Rohingya ethnic groups there are now being burnt. Their women folks are being raped before being beheaded. Children were being seized before their parents and not returned until now.
“Pregnant women had their stomachs slashed open. Muslims were forced to change their religion or be killed,” she said when delivering her policy speech at the movement’s assembly at the PWTC.
Meanwhile, Mas Ermieyati who is also the Deputy Minister of Tourism, wanted everyone to learn from the bitter lesson as it was not impossible that it could also occur in this country.