THERE is still no consensus on whether Rohingya are recognised under Myanmar law as citizens of Myanmar. This is for Myanmar’s courts to decide.
If they are, Myanmar and the United Nations (UN) must enforce the rule of law in Myanmar to uphold justice and equality under the UN Charter without fear or favour.
If Myanmar refuses to resolve its citizenship dilemma, representatives of the Rohingya must submit their case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for an ultimate decision.
The same approach is applicable to resolve crises in Syria and Palestine.
It is hoped that all Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) members support Malaysia’s efforts through the Asean Charter to seek an amicable resolution as soon as possible.
It is time for the global community to seek justice for all, regardless of religion or political affiliations.
I share the view expressed by Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim when he said: “It is now time for Asean to take firmer action to ensure that Myanmar complies.”
All Malaysians, under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, are united against injustice and oppression.
The crisis in Rakhine State of Myanmar is not for Bangladesh to address alone. It requires Asean, UN and the global community to work together under human rights treaties and conventions. Resolving the Rohingya, Syrian and Palestinian crises should be Asean’s and UN’s priority for peace in the respective countries and global prosperity.
Now, where are the voices of the Nobel Peace prize winners?
JEONG CHUN PHUOC
Shah Alam, Selangor