‘Restore peace in Myanmar’

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 02 Oct 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: A loose coalition of groups calling themselves Malaysian Youth Coalition for Peace and Freedom in Burma submitted a memorandum to the Myanmar Embassy here yesterday. 

In the memorandum, the Myanmar Government was urged to restore peace and stability in their country following a violent crackdown against demonstrators. 

The peaceful gathering of 200 people included members of the Barisan Nasional Youth and 14 youth groups. They were watched by policemen and Federal Reserve Units officers outside the embassy building at Jalan Ampang Hilir. 

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

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. 

Stating their stand: Khairy, flanked by members of the Malaysian Youth Coalition for Peace and Freedom in Burma, shouting slogans outside the Myanmar Embassy in JalanAmpang on Monday.

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

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

Young Malaysians Movement president Ng Chin Long released a flock of pigeons as a symbolic gesture for freedom and peace in Myanmar. 

Yayasan Salam trustee Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah 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 reminded him of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s speech at the United Nations on Friday where he said the violent crackdown on the protests showed that Asean’s constructive engagement with the Myanmar military government had failed. 

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

Twenty-five Myanmar nationals clad in red T-shirts turned up to support the demonstration.  

“They have killed a lot of people. Reports said that 35 people were killed but I called my friend back home and he said it’s nearly 1,000 people,” said Arakan League for Democracy secretary Aung Lwim.  

Youth and political groups called Young Progressive Southeast Asia and IUSY Asia Pacific led the 30-minute demonstration, with demonstrators holding anti-junta placards and posters of Suu Kyi. 

At 9.30am today, Myanmar nationals will be marching to the Chinese and Russian Embassies from the Myanmar Embassy.  

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