Malaysia PM says Rohingya face systematic atrocities

SUBANG: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Saturday said Rohingya Muslims face systematic violence including torture, rape and murder in Myanmar.
“Based on the reports we have received, (the Rohingya) are discriminated and no mercy is accorded to them,” he told reporters at the Subang Air Force Base on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur.
“Actually, it is done in a planned manner so that they are tortured, discriminated, killed and raped,” he added.
Earlier Najib witnessed the deployment of two air force cargo planes with food and medical supplies to the port city of Chittagong in Bangladesh.
“We are sending two planes with biscuits, rice and soap. Malaysia will do whatever it can to help since this is a huge disaster,” he said.
Najib also said a reconnaissance team would arrive in Dhaka on Monday consisting of diplomats and military officers to identify further assistance needed by the Rohingya.
Malaysia’s armed forces chief said on Saturday that Kuala Lumpur would provide a 200-bed military field hospital in Bangladesh if the government there granted permission.
Describing Myanmar’s inaction to halt the violence against innocent civilians as “rather disappointing”, Najib said he will raise the Rohingya humanitarian tragedy with President Donald Trump on September 12 during an official visit to the White House. “We have to help because the Rohingya tragedy has reached terrible proportions,” he said.
On Friday, the powerful youth wing of Najib’s dominant Malaysia’s ruling party led a noisy street protest urging Kuala Lumpur to sever diplomatic ties with Yangon.
Malaysia on Tuesday summoned the Myanmar ambassador to voice its “deep concern” over the situation in Rakhine state, where witnesses said entire villages have been burned.
— AFP