Brunei well placed to help Rohingyas, but will they? I don’t think so as they just wish to exploit Myanmar Brunei Embassy in KL banning Myanmar Nationals from going to Brunei by refusing to issue visa?

Are they so scared that Thein Sein may not consider them for the Petrochemical projects?

If they failed to protest Thein Sein government’s Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingyas, they should not call themselves Islamic State.

Brunei well placed to help Rohingyas Quratul-Ain Bandial BRUNEI-MUARASunday, December 2, 2012

BRUNEI is in a unique position to address the plight of the Muslim Rohingya people in Myanmar who are facing persecution and ethnic cleansing, the chief of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said yesterday.

“Brunei being both a member of OIC and ASEAN is in a unique position to help address the violation of human rights and the plight of the Rohingya people, particularly (since) they are suffering from ethnic cleansing,” said Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu at a press conference following a public lecture he gave at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

Ihsanoglu is in the Sultanate on a three-day visit, where he also met with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

The OIC secretary-general said the monarch expressed particular concern for the violence between Muslims and Buddhists in the coastal Rakhine state of Myanmar.

“We had a very fruitful meeting… We have exchanged views on the current issues in the Muslim world and the situation in Syria and different parts of the world, with special reference to Myanmar.”

According to media reports, Myanmar President Thein Sein is set to visit the Sultanate next week and will also make a stop at UBD.

During his lecture on the modern Muslim world at the university, Ihsanoglu said Nobel peace laureate and pro-democracy doyenne Aung San Suu Kyi has failed to speak out against the human rights violations of the Rohingyas, described by the UN as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.

“She’s only interested in the human rights of the Buddhists because they are human beings and the Muslims are not,” said Ihsanoglu in a response to a question from the audience.

After an OIC summit in Kazakhstan, the secretary-general said he wrote to both Suu Kyi and Myanmar President Thein Sein to besiege them to address the human rights violations in Rakhine, but there was no response from the former.

Suu Kyi, one of the world’s most celebrated pro-democracy and human rights campaigners, has remained uncharacteristically silent on one of the most urgent humanitarian issues facing her country.

She told the BBC last month that she did not want to take sides because she wanted to foster reconciliation between the Buddhist and Muslim communities.

The UN estimates that 800,000 Rohingya live in Myanmar, where they face heavy-handed restrictions: they need permission to marry, have more than two children and travel outside of their villages.

The Myanmar government considers the Rohingya illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and has denied them citizenship, even though many of their families have lived in the country for generations.

The Brunei Times

2 Responses to “Brunei well placed to help Rohingyas, but will they? I don’t think so as they just wish to exploit Myanmar”

  1. syafa Says:

    I have been recently involved as volunteer to help refugees mainly coming from Myanmar.
    Have not start my service yet but looking forward to it next year. Not getting my schedule yet
    Not much that I know before, but after do few research I find out about mass killing Roghinya community in Myanmar.
    Life is a living hell in their own motherland.
    They crosses the international frontier into another country with the better hope.

    Malaysia is currently host to one of the largest refugee and asylum seeker populations in Asia.
    I had read, China, Singapore and Thailand force them to return to their country and turn away. Google it, you gonna find it.
    It was sad to hear their story how they trap in the deep sea for days, weeks and some of them died when crossing the border.
    Some other countries would not accepting them either. Imagine after horrible experience, countries turn away and they have to return back. But to where?

    It was worrying as Malaysia keep accepting refugee, To date is 90 000.
    Please corrected if I am wrong.
    Some might complaining how cruel the government to stop accepting but bear in mind that Malaysia is a small country.
    And Rohingya have to stop thinking Malaysia as their safe heaven.
    And they should fight for their freedom in their own country. If we wanna help them, not here in Malaysia but there in Myanmar itself.

    Living as refugee in Malaysia, they might be dealing with difficulties as no visas being provided.
    Most refugee were redirect under UNHCR to obtain a refugee card which allowed them to stay in Malaysia but not allowed to work legally
    But they have to understand, since they are refugee, they should not expect more and stop complaining,

    Well, I strongly believe, education is the best way to approach for them to have a better mind set,
    (Not only them, but some fools in Malaysia. We might have higher degree/education but do we really learned)
    And we have to educated some fools how to respect these refugee and stop harassing them in the bad manner.

    The reason behind all this is racial issue among them,
    From my point of view, it is not who’s right and who’s wrong. If everyone win, what would happen?
    It is within ourself that we are human being, We breath the same air, we step the same soil.

    • drkokogyi Says:

      I just want to ask one question, WHY your country accepted 30,000 Achenese as refugees? If you don’t know you can google it!
      Achenese rebels are now governors of Ache province.
      Indo central Gov and they R all Muslims.
      Tsunami is long ago.
      They are given IMM 13 and ID cards from your immigration.
      Why your gov built 3000 schools in Sabah and Sarawak for Indon refugees?
      When your PM went to Indon, Indon PM agreed to send their teachers for those 3000 school. (Not school for 3000 students but 3000 schools.
      Clear case of discrimination on Muslims of Myanmar including Rohingyas.
      By the way I am not a Rohingya. Philippines, Thais, Vietnam Muslims are accepted as refugees or just given various ID of your country.
      BUT not for Rohingyas and Muslims of Myanmar?
      No need to give refugee status, just yearly visa (IMM 13) and easy visa and permit to work or study in Malaysia is enough.
      Do U know that one of your Former PM (NOT TDM) said in the Bangkok Post interview to push out Rohingya boat people into the deep Indian Ocean?
      I don’t want to talk about Orang Puteh Bosnias who were treated as honoured guests with full privileges in your country: given free flats, electricity, water, medication all free and RM 500.00 per month allowance for each family!
      To fight back? With what? Bare hand? R U crazy? Do you think ASEAN or OIC will help? Don’t talk nonsense without knowing the facts.

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