Malaysia says violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar as 'ethnic cleansing'

Malaysia titled the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as "ethnic cleansing". Kuala Lumpur made the statement on a day ahead of a harmony rally, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday in the capital city and rally will be heading by Prime minister Najib Razak.

Malaysia says violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar as

Malaysia titled  the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as "ethnic cleansing". Kuala Lumpur made the statement on a day ahead of a harmony rally, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday in the capital city and rally will be heading by Prime minister Najib Razak.

"The fact that only one particular ethnicity is being driven out is by definition ethnic cleansing. This practice must stop, and must be stopped immediately in order to bring back security and stability to the Southeast Asian region," Malaysia's foreign ministry said in a statement.


The move from the Malaysia, Muslim majority country, came after Myanmar said on Friday that Kuala Lumpur should not interfere in other countries' internal affairs as suggested by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) policy.

Malaysia has been increasingly critical of the Myanmar government for not doing anything sustainable to protect Rohingyas, who are living in camps in Rakhine state.

Rohingyas are allegedly being victimised over the past few years over Rohingya violence as they are considered a stateless minority and termed illegal immigrants in Myanmar.

In 2012, violent clashes between Rohingyas and the military broke out, which took the lives of hundreds of people and left over 100,000 homeless. The violence against Rohingyas by the sate and majority, Buddhists, is still continuing.