Mujibur Rahman (centre), one of the many Rohingya refugees, carries his belongings, after being evicted with his family, while searching for a place to build a new makeshift shelter at the refugee camp of Kutupalung in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 20. AFP

IPOH: Perak Umno supports the country’s leadership to continue highlighting the plight of the Rohingya.

It said the matter, which was raised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with the United States President Donald Trump during the former’s US visit recently was proof of Malaysia’s commitment to end the communal violence.

State Umno liaison committee deputy chairman Datuk Saarani Mohamad said Malaysia had been demanding that the persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar be stopped immediately.

“The recent meeting with Trump shows that Najib and Malaysians are concerned about the Rohingya crisis.

“It is crucial that the United Nations take swift action to stop ethnic cleansing in Rakhine state,” he said.

Saarani added that the attacks on the Rohingya minority amounted to “genocide”.

“The Rohingya have been fleeing to Bangladesh since Aug 25 after the insurgent attacked police and army outposts in Rakhine state. The Security Council must condemn genocide, ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.

“These people are not animals. The Rohingya have long suffered discrimination, persecution and violence in Myanmar,” he said today.

“More than one million Rohingya have been devoid of their basic rights for generations. This long-standing issue needs to be addressed,” he added.

According to the latest UN report, nearly 400,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed over to Bangladesh. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands of homes burned, mostly those belonging to Rohingya, in a wave of violence since last month.

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