ni kisah yang jelas ‘pusing cerita’.Bunyinya sudah nampak macam Malaysia terpaksa berkejar menyembah kepada Myanmar sehari selepas Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sertai Himpunan Solidariti Rohingya pada Ahad di Kuala Lumpur.
Gambaran ini ekoran laporan akhbar Myanmar Times mengenai kunjungan Panglima Angkatan Tentera Malaysia Jeneral Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin keatas Presiden Myanmar U Htin Kyaw dan ketua tentera Myanmar, Jeneral Min Aung Hlaing di Naypyitaw semalam Isnin.
Cerita sebenarnya ialah Zulkifeli membuat kunjungan itu sebagai kunjungan hormat biasa keatas seorang pemimpin dan ketua tentara sebuah negara anggota ASEAN sebelum beliau bersara pada pertengahan bulan ini.
Ini merupakan amalan biasa dikalangan pimpinan tentera mana-mana negara untuk buat kunjungan seumpama itu.
Kebetulan Isnin beliau dijadual buat kunjungan itu keatas Presiden dan ketua tentera Myanmar.
Sebelum ini, Zulkifeli sudah melawat Arab Saudi, Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE), Lubnan, Qatar.
Selepas Myanmar,beliau meneruskan lawatan ke Thailand pula.
Namun kalau baca di akhbar Myanmar Times Selasa kunjungan berkenaan adalah bertujuan memperbaiki hubungan Malaysia-Myanmar ekoran sengketa dua negara keatas isu Rohingya dan penyertaan Perdana Menteri pada himpunan Ahad.
Satu kenyataan dikeluarkan ekoran kunjungan itu dimana ketua tentera Myanmar itu memberitahu , Zulkifeli bahawa tiada pencabulan hak asasi manusia dilakukan keatas orang Islam Rohingya.
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President, military chiefs meet to smooth Myanmar-Malaysia ties
By Ye Mon | Tuesday, 06 December 2016
The chief of Malaysia’s armed forces yesterday met with Myanmar’s president and commander-in-chief in an effort to repair fraught relations between the two ASEAN members following recent diplomatic sparring over violence in Rakhine State.
A statement released by the Commander-in-Chief’s Office confirmed the meeting and said that Senior General Min Aung Hlaing told his Malaysian counterpart that no human rights violations had taken place against Muslim Rohingya. The statement also read that Myanmar authorities could not lie about this given the local and international media focus on the state.
President U Htin Kyaw also met with the Malaysian commander to discuss the ongoing military operations in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships.
A statement from the President’s Office blamed the diplomatic tensions on “false news”. It said that the Myanmar government is working to resolve the issues in Rakhine State in accordance with existing laws and human rights standards.
The tensions between the two nations follow from comments made by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak who described the ongoing situation in Rakhine State as “genocide” and joined a rally on December 4 protesting Myanmar’s treatment of the Muslim minority in the state.
Critics have accused Mr Najib of being disingenuous in his concern, and using the issue as a political tool to attract more votes in Malaysia’s upcoming elections. Myanmar’s President’s Office has warned Malaysia not to interfere in Myanmar’s internal affairs.
Bangkok-based expert on ASEAN affairs, Kavi Chongkittavorn, said that Mr Najib’s actions were simply an attempt to gain support from his country’s Muslim community and that his concern could be more effectively registered through discreet diplomacy.
“The Myanmar government will be held responsible for what is happening, not Malaysia. It is an internal problem that has regional implications,” he said.
Advisor to former President U Thein Sein, U Ko Ko Hlaing, accused the Malaysian leader of exploiting the issue to divert public attention away from corruption allegations levelled against him.
“Malaysia interfered in our affairs despite what it says in the ASEAN charter. This is not good for the future of ASEAN,” he said.
Mr Najib issued a response via Twitter in which he stated that it was not his intention to interfere in Myanmar’s internal affairs but that the cruelty against Rohingya had gone too far.
Malaysia is host to some 54,000 registered Rohingya refugees, as well as many unregistered asylum-seekers whom languish in detention depots.
In response to the ongoing disagreement between the two countries, a group of Muslim CSOs in Myanmar released an open letter to the Malaysian government expressing their disapproval of the country’s response, stating that is doing more harm than good for Muslim people in Myanmar.
The letter, which was delivered to the Malaysian Embassy yesterday, said that the group does not agree with the Malaysian PM’s characterisation of the Rakhine issue.
“We affirm that the unfortunate situation facing Myanmar needs not, and should not, be exploited for self-interest and political purpose,” said the statement.
The statement also said that ill-informed initiatives such as rallies and protests in Malaysia risked worsening ties between the nations, threatening the stability of the ASEAN community and aggravating the situation in Rakhine State.
In a separate statement released yesterday, the Committee for the Protection of Race and Religion, known as Ma Ba Tha, slammed Mr Najib for meddling and “insulting the country and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s handling of affairs”. Ma Ba Tha leaders said the letter will be translated and delivered to the Malaysian embassy in Yangon today.