KUALA LUMPUR: The Rohingya migrant issue should be resolved at Asean level with assistance from third countries and international bodies.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said on Friday it was most important for all countries in the Asean context to find a solution together.
Third countries should play their role by helping to resolve the problem as well as offer humanitarian aid, he said in his blog, NajibRazak.com.
The prime minister said he hoped that international bodies such as the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations would play their respective roles to resolve what he described as a serious problem.
“Furthermore, we were also saddled with an influx of Rohingya migrants. The effects of the humanitarian tragedy were felt by Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
“With regard to national sovereignty, we cannot allow outsiders to easily penetrate our borders,” he said.
Nevertheless, Najib said, he ordered a rescue operation in the country’s waters based on humanitarian grounds and sympathy, after finding out that the Rohingya migrants, and more so their children, were in a state of hunger, thirst and fatigue at sea.