Malaysia urges Myanmar's military to prioritise peace, security after apparent coup

  • Nation
  • Monday, 01 Feb 2021

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia called on Myanmar's military and relevant parties to prioritise peace and security following recent developments in the country.

Wisma Putra urged Myanmar to uphold the rule of law, and resolve any electoral discrepancies through established legal mechanisms and dialogue in a peaceful manner.

"As a close neighbour and member of Asean, Malaysia continues to advocate for peace and stability, which are essential for progress and prosperity of all in this region, including in Myanmar.

"Malaysia reaffirms the strong support for Myanmar’s democratic transition, peace process and inclusive economic development," it said in a statement.

The Foreign Ministry added that Malaysia supports the continuation of discussion among Myanmar’s leaders to avoid adverse consequences to the people and state of Myanmar, especially in the current, difficult Covid-19 pandemic.

Wisma Putra also advised all Malaysians in Myanmar to remain calm and vigilant while adhering to the safety advisories of the local authorities.

"For consular assistance and emergency matters, the Embassy of Malaysia in Yangon may be contacted at +95 9 772 220 230 or," it added.

However, the statement did not mention the number of Malaysians currently residing in Myanmar.

It is reported that a state of emergency for one year was declared in Myanmar on Monday (Feb 1), hours after leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the ruling National League for Democracy party were detained in an early morning raid.

Myanmar's army has reportedly stated that power was handed to the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Min Aung Hlaing.

The move comes after days of escalating tension between the civilian government and the powerful military that stirred fears of a coup in the aftermath of an election which the army said was fraudulent.

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