Myanmar bans workers going to Malaysia after Rohingya crisis

The move came after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak lashed out at Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for allowing "genocide."

By: AFP | Yangon | Published: December 7, 2016 2:10 pm
Rohingya, Rohingya crisis, Rohingya minority, Myanmar, Malaysia, Muslim workers, muslim workers in Myanmar, world, Indian Express “We want to tell Aung San Suu Kyi, enough is enough,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Sunday. (Source: File)

Myanmar has banned workers from going to Muslim-majority Malaysia as relations sour between the neighbours over a bloody military crackdown on the Buddhist country’s Rohingya minority. The move came after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak lashed out at Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for allowing “genocide” on her watch during a rally Sunday in Kuala Lumpur that drew thousands of people.

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The crowds were protesting against a military crackdown in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state that has pushed more than 20,000 Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh. Survivors have told AFP horrifying stories of gang rape, torture and murder at the hands of Myanmar security forces, while dozens have died trying to cross the river that separates the two countries.

Buddhist-majority Myanmar has long discriminated against the stateless Rohingya and the recent crisis has galvanised protests in Muslim countries around the region, including Malaysia. “We want to tell Aung San Suu Kyi, enough is enough… We must and we will defend Muslims and Islam,” Najib said at Sunday’s 5,000-strong rally. “The world cannot sit and watch genocide taking place.”

A Malaysian government minister has also called for a review of Myanmar’s membership inside the regional ASEAN bloc. Myanmar officials have denied the allegations of abuse and Suu Kyi has told the international community to stop stoking the “fires of resentment”. Late on Tuesday, Myanmar’s immigration ministry said it had ceased issuing new licences for its nationals to work in wealthier Malaysia — for years a top destination for migrant
labour.

“Myanmar has temporarily stopped sending workers to Malaysia because of the current situation in Malaysia,” it said in a statement, without elaborating.Malaysia already hosts tens of thousands of Myanmar workers, most of whom take on low-paid jobs in factories or in the food and hospitality industries.According to Malaysia, some 56,000 Rohingya have arrived on its shores in recent years, many taking perilous boat journeys to flee poverty and discrimination in Rakhine state.

However, on Tuesday, former UN chief Kofi Annan, who heads a commission on troubled Rakhine, told reporters he thought the crisis would not split the region apart. “I think it can be contained. There is a possibility here to contain what is going on,” he told a news conference in Yangon at the end of a week-long visit.

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  1. Amit Sinha
    Dec 7, 2016 at 9:43 am
    Why don't you lash out on Bangladesh or stan or at Muslims in Kashmir valley for carrying out attacks and genocide of non muslims. At one place muslims are at receiving end so all are barking so loudly. Were you sleeping or pretend to sleep when muslims carry out genocide??
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      Aeemuddin
      Dec 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm
      Are you nuts to compare Rohingya Muslims with Kashmiri hindus? Kashmiri hindus have a motherland and fully loaded armymen to protect them 24x7. Whereas Rohingyas are a landless people, without anybody out there to help them from the w civilised world.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And if you have any personal anger and animosity against muslims, and looking out for opportunities to settle scores with them, then why dont you yourself go and start killing those kashmiri muslims as for tat treatment, rathar than gunning for poorest weakest rohangiya muslims. And btb what self satisfaction will you get by killing anybody, or by condemning anybody who want to save any human lives..
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        Rajiv
        Dec 7, 2016 at 10:58 am
        what about the Genocide in Bangladesh carried by army? what about the killings of Baloch by islamic terror groups and army? i guess even these are fabricated lies..
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        1. OC
          Dec 7, 2016 at 9:56 am
          Because your propaa of Muslims killing non Muslims is a fabricated lie! The UN does not work on lies. Muslims are only being killed and are at the receiving end. You cannot bark when you are biting so stop barking and let the concerned people do their job! Only dogs like you have been biting Muslims and crying foul at the same time!
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          1. OC
            Dec 7, 2016 at 9:56 am
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