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Malaysian Humanitarian Ship Sets Off for Rohingya in Myanmar

By M.S. Anwar | February 3, 2017

Kuala Lumpur — The Malaysian humanitarian ship ‘Nautical Aliya’ carrying tons of foods and medical supplies for the persecuted Rohingya minority in Myanmar set off from Malaysia today (Feb 3).

The flotilla mission titled ‘Food Flotilla for Myanmar’s Rakhine State’ has been organized by ‘MAPIM (Majlis Perundingan Pertubuhan Islam Malaysia)’ and ‘Kelab Putera 1 Malaysia’; and backed by scores of other local and International NGOs. 

The Malaysian PM, Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak; the Defense Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein; and other higher ranking Malaysian officials were present to send off the ship from the country’s Port Klang today.

Speaking at the ceremony of the ship departure, PM Najib “I have said it. They (Myanmar) have persecuted them (the Rohingya) enough. So, we have voiced for the Rohingya and we will keep doing it. We will do our best to help them and they shouldn’t feel ignored.”

PM Najib also urged the member nations of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) and the International Community to walk along with Malaysia in solving the Rohingya plight. 

The humanitarian ship is expected to reach to the Yangon Port in two days’ time, where they will distribute some foods and medicines in the region and obtain permission for further travel to Sittwe (Akyab). In Sittwe, they will distribute aids to the thousands of the Internally Displaced People (IDP) and will take further aids to the Maungdaw Township by land.

In case that Myanmar turns away the humanitarian aids and shows lack of commitment in humanitarian services again, the aid ship will not forcibly go into the country’s territory but seek to travel further to Teknaf region of Bangladesh to help the Rohingya refugees that have recently fled from the Myanmar military violence in Maungdaw.

“Our sole aim is to deliver the humanitarian aids to the people critically in need. And we know how Myanmar government behaves and manipulates. So, we’ll do our best.

“But we will neither threaten Myanmar’s sovereignty nor allow to go our humanitarian aids go into the wrong hands. We’ll make sure any Rohingyas receive our help. We choose Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh as Plan B”, said Cikgu Azmi Abdul Hamid, the President of the NGO MAPIM, speaking to Rohingya Vision TV.

Since October 9, 2016, the Myanmar military has launched a genocidal violence on the Rohingya civilian population in Maungdaw Township on pretext of ‘Operation Clearance’ and the region has been sealed off from the International Humanitarian Teams, the Independent Media and the International Human Rights observers.  

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