PORT KLANG (Sept 26, 2012): A ship carrying 500 tonnes of humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees set sail for Myanmar yesterday.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, in flagging off the Sinar Bima commercial vessel at Northport, said the humanitarian mission was a responsibility for Malaysia as a neighbour to Myanmar and Asean member.
“As a neighbouring country, we should share the responsibility to help the displaced (Rohingya) people and the ones who are trapped in this turmoil.
In June this year, 11 Muslims were killed by the Myanmar army and civilian mobs.
People were reportedly killed and millions of homes destroyed in fires as Rohingyas and Buddhist-ethnic Arakanese clashed in western Myanmar.
Muhyiddin urged the Myanmar government to find the best solution to solve these problems.
“The aid is meant for everyone in the province, irrespective of religions and ethnic groups.
“I believe the Myanmar government is as concerned as us to find the best possible solution to the problem,” he said.
The humanitarian aid by Kelab Putera 1Malaysia had been originally scheduled to leave earlier this month but was denied clearance by the authorities in Myanmar.
Club president Datuk Abdul Azeez Rahim said it received the green light from the Myanmar government on Sept 17, following which they decided to send the aid on a commercial vessel instead of a military ship.
Myanmar Ambassador to Malaysia U Tin Latt, meanwhile, expressed his gratitude towards the humanitarian mission and gave an assurance that his government would facilitate the aid distribution.
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