MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER HIGHLIGHTS MERCY MALAYSIA, 19 JANUARY 2017
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak delivered a keynote address at the plenary open session, highlighting MERCY Malaysia by mentioning “Presently, MERCY Malaysia has successfully established static and mobile clinics in Sittwe, Rakhine State, in collaboration with local NGOs, as part of its ongoing efforts to render healthcare services to Internally Displaced Persons in Myanmar”.
On 19 January 2017, MERCY Malaysia attended the Open Session for the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the Situation of the Rohingya Muslim Minority at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Presented at theevent, hosted and chaired by the Malaysian Government,were the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia H.E. Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Dato’ Sri Anifah Hj. Aman, Chair of the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the Situation of the Rohingya Muslim Minority in Myanmar, Secretary-General of the OIC H.E. Dr Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, Ambassadors from OIC Member States to Malaysia and among others.
The meeting, requested by the Malaysian government, discussed genuine steps that the OIC and the international community should take to urge the Myanmar government to allow delivery of humanitarian assistance to Rakhine State, addressing the root causes of the violence, and widening the scope of dialogue among the groups to ensure the return of the displaced Rohingya population to their homes in safety and dignity. The meeting also discussed the situation of the more than 120,000 displaced and refugee Muslims within Myanmar.
MERCY Malaysia remains engaged in providing aid to the Rohingya both in Myanmar and in Malaysia. We are concerned about the humanitarian situation and urge for better humanitarian access. We also support better conditions for the Rohingya in countries where the Rohingya have become asylum seekers and refugees according to each country’s context. We are confident that the OIC and its membership will be able to play a constructive role towards achieving these stated goals and much more.
It is also important to note that MERCY Malaysia is not in any way part of the flotilla as it is beyond our mandate since the organization does not carry out political advocacy.