KUALA LUMPUR: The government is studying measures to further help Rohingya Muslims experiencing what the United Nations (UN) has characterised as “textbook ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar's western Rakhine state.
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said measures being considered include a proposal for UN-supervised safe zones inside the Buddhist-majority nation to protect the Rohingya.
Malaysia is also looking at the feasibility of posting a humanitarian attaché at the Dhaka High Commission. This is to help coordinate communication, logistics and refugee camp visits as part of efforts to ease the burden of Rohingyas, who have been called “the most persecuted minority in the world.”
"The government fully understands the sentiments of Malaysians who are indignant over the cruelty towards the Rohingya.
"Malaysia will continue to highlight Myanmar's harsh treatment of the Rohingya to the international community until the issue is resolved.
"This will pressure the Myanmar government to seek a thorough solution to end the horrific conflict," he said in reply to a question from Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR-Permatang Pauh) in Dewan Rakyat today.
Malaysia is already going the distance in helping Rohingya refugees with its recent decision to build a RM3.5 million field hospital at the Cox’s Bazar camp in Bangladesh.
The proposed hospital will have 50 beds, with specialist doctors, nurses and medical assistants posted there by the Health Ministry.
Around 550,000 Rohingya have fled communal bloodshed in Myanmar since the latest violence began on Aug 25 after Rohingya militants attacked police posts, killing 12 members of the security forces.