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    Citizenship plea for Royingyas

    Michelle Chun  

    PETALING JAYA (Sept 11, 2012): The Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF) has called on Myanmar to consider conferring some form of citizenship on the Rohingyas.

    Its chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail yesterday expressed concern about the status and plight of the stateless community whose members are reportedly being victimised and persecuted despite being native mainly to the Arakan region in western Myanmar.

    “The situation is very complicated, and there is a lot to do and right now, it cannot be said when this issue will be solved,” he said, noting that many Rohingyas want to leave Myanmar because of better opportunities elsewhere.

    “But the government should consider some aspects of citizenship for the Rohingya people,” he said when approached at a media briefing of the GMMF here yesterday.

    Razali, who is former United Nations General Assembly president said the movement of moderates, which was first mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak at the UN 65th General Assembly in 2010, aimed to promote principles of moderation to combat extremism.

    “Moderation means all sides being willing to pull back,” he said. “The GMM initiative was also recently adopted by the 20th Asean Summit in Pnomh Penh, which means it is now on the Asean agenda.”

    GMMF chief executive officer Khalek Awang said GMMF, which was launched early this year by Najib, aims to make accessible information and campaigns on moderation to the global society.

    “The movement focuses on five areas, which are peaceful co-existence, governance and law, finance and economy, education and conflict resolution.

    “What the foundation aims to do is promote the values of moderation so as to marginalise extremism through dissemination of information on moderation,” Khalek said, adding that an action plan through which Asean can promote the GMM concept on a global level is currently being drafted.
    Source by The Sun Daily.