Rohingya rights group leader questions whether Prime Minister Najib Razak was afraid to raise the issue of the displaced community with US President Donald Trump.
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Razak has disappointed the Rohingya community as he did not raise the issue of Rohingya refugees in his talks with US President Donald J Trump.
“Prime Minister Najib Razak was our last hope. He should have raised the issue on the plight of displaced Rohingyas. We are very sad” lamented Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani.
“Why did he not discuss our plight? What is he afraid of?” he added.
Zafar Ahmad is the president of the Myanmar Ethnic Rohingyas Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Merhrom).
He said this in response to Najib’s three-day working visit to the US and his meeting with Trump yesterday.
Currently over 300,000 Rohingya population have been displaced. According to Zafar Ahmad, Malaysia itself hosts 100,000 Rohingya who have escaped from the persecution of the Myanmar authority.
Despite the disappointment over Najib’s inaction, Zafar still pined hope that Najib would address the issue on the plight of the Rohingya via Asean, OIC and the United Nations.
Kuala Terengganu MP Raja Kamarul Bahrain Raja Ahmad meanwhile panned Najib for failing to raise the issue as well.
“There is nothing for Malaysia and the Rohingya people. It looks like Najib is paying homage to the US,” said the MP who also heads Amanah’s international affairs bureau.
“Najib doesn’t seem to be picking up international issues.”
He also criticised the government over the double standard on issues regarding the Rohingya community.
“Najib preached to the Bangladeshi government on handling the Rohingya but over a year ago his government turned away the Rohingya people who came by boats. It is hypocritical on his part.”
The issue of Rohingya was previously used by the Najib administration.
In February, Najib flagged off Food Flotilla for Myanmar in a ship called Nautical Aliya which carried 2200 tonnes of food.
Last December Najib attended a rally in solidarity with the Rohingya community along with PAS president, Hadi Awang.
“Do you expect me, a leader of over 30 million people to close my eyes? To stay silent? I will not! Someone tell Myanmar that the Asean Charter also protects human rights. They cannot just interpret whatever they like,” Najib reportedly said at the rally.
“What do you expect us to do? We are a community of nations. We need to protect the Rohingya, not because they are of the same religion as us, but because they are humans. Their lives matter.”
Last Saturday, he flagged off humanitarian mission, ‘My Nation Is Concerned’ at the Subang Air Force Base where 12 tonnes of food aid and other necessities were sent to Chittagong, Bangladesh using two A400M TUDM aircraft.