KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians are invited to visit Xinjiang as the Chinese embassy hits out at "distorted reports flooded in social media" over the country's treatment of its Uighur Muslims.
"I sincerely welcome all Malaysian friends, especially Muslim friends, to visit Xinjiang and to discover a beautiful, peaceful and prosperous real Xinjiang with your own eyes.
"I feel regret and indignant about the distorted reports and gratuitous accusations flooded in social media," said Chinese embassy spokesperson, Tang Tang.
He added that problems related to Xinjiang were China's internal affairs.
"These are not human rights, ethnicity or religion issues, but issues of anti-terrorism, anti-separatism and de-radicalization.
"Chinese government safeguards the freedom of religious belief of all citizens according to the law, including Uighur minority," he said.
Earlier on Friday (Dec 27), two NGOs handed over a memorandum to the Chinese embassy here over the issue.
Members of the Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (Abim) and Hizbut Tahrir gathered outside the embassy on Jalan Ampang around 2.30pm
Their representatives tried to hand over the memorandum but as no embassy representative was available to receive it, the memorandum was left inside the embassy's letterbox instead.
Abim president Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz said this was the second memorandum the group had sent to the embassy on the issue.
"We hope the Chinese government will listen to the voices of both the Malaysian and international community, to stop the persecution of the Uighur Muslims and all other minority religions in China," he said.
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