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Coalition of NGOs holds rally at Myanmar embassy


KUALA LUMPUR: A coalition of NGOs has submitted a memorandum to the Myanmar embassy calling for its government to cease the persecution of the Rohingya people.

The rallygoers, comprising of activists and Rohingya, gathered outside the Myanmar embassy here at Taman U-Thant on Friday.

The group, led by Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos, handed over the memorandum to a representative from the embassy.

"It is very disappointing that not all Malaysians support what we are doing here," said Jamal.

He said that he hoped that this would be the last rally as he did not want to continue parading and "exercising from here to there".

"If we wanted to exercise, we'd go to the gym," he quipped.

The beginning of the rally was marked by emotional outbursts from members of the Rohingya community, lamenting the dire situation their people face back home.

There was a noticeable police presence at the rally with personnel in anti-riot gear on standby.

The rally proceeded without incident and concluded peacefully.

Earlier on Friday, Barisan Nasional youth leaders submitted a memorandum to the United Nations at its Kuala Lumpur headquarters demanding that the intergovernmental organisation end the crisis in Myanmar.

The violence in the Rakhine state erupted after militants launched attacks on police posts and an army base on Aug 25, prompting a massive counter-offensive by the army.

As of Thursday, the UN said that more than a quarter million people, mostly Rohingya, have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh since October, with 164,000 people crossing the border in the last two weeks alone.

 

rally , Rohingya , Myanmar embassy

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