It is unfair to label the Rohingya Muslims as terrorists, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday.
He said this in response to the release of the Rakhine Advisory Commission’s report last month, which warned of further radicalisation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
The report came amid the deadly clashes between Muslim insurgents and Myanmar’s security forces.
“It is not fair to label them as terrorists when they were merely defending themselves.
“Myanmar must differentiate terror groups from the children and women. How are the children terrorists?
“In the name of humanity, I urge all Malaysians to put aside their differences and support efforts by the government to help the Rohingya, who are the victims of atrocities by the Myanmar military.”
“(The government), through the Armed Forces, have sent humanitarian aid to the Rohingya, who were denied their rights and citizenship.
“It was recently reported that about 400 Rohingya were killed. Some were burnt to death, and others were chopped up and thrown into the river.
“We are lucky to be living in a peaceful country, and at the same time, we must not forget the cruelty faced by the Rohingya who are fighting for their lives.
“There are those among us who had even rejected the presence of the Rohingya in Malaysia,” he added.