Asean members have taken their own stand on Myanmar, says deputy minister

Published on 3 Nov 2021 1:06:58 PM

Asean nations are becoming more open to adopting their own position if there are human rights abuses or power grabs in any of its member states, says Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar.

The Deputy Foreign Minister told the Dewan Rakyat that on Wednesday (Nov 3) in reply to a question from Hassan Abdul Karim (PH-Pasir Gudang) on whether or not Malaysia would ask Asean to review its policy of non-interference in the affairs of member states if there was genocide involved like the case of the Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar.

Kamarudin said also noted that efforts to repatriate the refugees to other countries that were signatories to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, as well as related conventions, had been minimal.