Youth groups submit memorandum to Myanmar Embassy

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  • Monday, 01 Oct 2007

MYT 5:33:22 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of about 200 people submitted a memorandum to officials of the Myanmar Embassy here, urging their government to restore peace and stability in their country following a violent crackdown against demonstrators there. 

The members of 14 youth groups and Barisan Nasional Youth movements, which called themselves “Malaysian Youth Coalition for Peace and Freedom in Burma,” marched along Jalan Ampang carrying placards with messages urging the Myanmar Government to resolve the crisis peacefully. 

They were greeted by a group of policemen and Federal Reserve Unit officers, who stood guard outside the embassy building at Jalan Ampang Hilir, to prevent any untoward incidents from occurring. 

Deputy Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin read the four-page memorandum to the crowd before it was sent to the embassy. 

He said Malaysians were concerned over the use of live bullets to kill demonstrators and urged the Myanmar authorities to stop using excessive force against civilians. 

He also urged the regime to stop arbitrary arrest of prisoners of conscience, including National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. 

Khairy called on Myanmar to restore human rights and allow free and fair elections to be held and ensure an equitable economic development system that would not burden the masses. 

“We note the violence began with raids on Buddhist monasteries to deter the monks from playing a leading role in the recent demonstrations. 

“The killing of monks cannot be said to be a way of preserving and protecting Buddhism,” Khairy told reporters Monday. 

Yayasan Salam trustee Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah later handed over the memorandum to the embassy’s minister-counsellor Win Myint at about 11am. 

Saifuddin said he spoke with Win Myint for 10 minutes. 

“We told him that as an Asean neighbour, Malaysians were concerned of the situation in his country, and reminded him of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s speech at the United Nations on Friday. PM had said the crackdown on the protests showed that Asean’s constructive engagement with the military government had failed. 

“Win Myint gave his promise to deliver our message to his government,” Saifuddin added.

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