This is very unfortunate news for overseas migrant workers and Asylum seekers of Nationals of Burma irrespective of their religions and ethnics. Due to 50 years of military rule , civil war and recent genocide on Rohingyas and Burmese Muslim , many have fled to third countries for political, security and economic reasons. The lack of security of religious minorities and those living a life of poverty drives tens of thousands to other countries. When border country Thailand stopped the UNHCR urban refugee interview and shelter program , many people of Burma found Malaysia a safe heaven. Due to the 2012 genocide fully sponsored by the Thien Sein government and his racist collaborators , the racism now spread to ASEAN and overseas. I personally would like to blame the Thien Sein groups who have been breeding racism in the country and exporting it to neighboring countries. We, the overseas people of Burma must understand the dictator's divide and rule policy among the different ethnics and religious minorities. We must, therefore, peacefully coexistence among ourselves when living in other countries. We all are here due to dictatorial rule and country's wealth robbers. Our main enemy is Thien Sein and his collaborator's racist groups.His ASEAN Chair must be stopped due to his racism. My heart breaks and I send condolences to family members of the deceased.
BURMA MILITARY LEADERS ARE NOT YET TAMED TO BE ASEAN PARTNERS AND TAKE IT LEADERSHIP!
MAUNG KYAW NU , A former political prisoner of conscience and President of Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand BRAT.
The Straits Times//Asia News Network June 5, 2013 3:12 pm
File photo : Clash in Myanmar//Photo by Eleven Media
Religious clashes in Myanmar, which flared up again last week, have spilled over to Malaysia, which has one of the biggest Rohingya Muslim refugee communities in the region and a large Myanmar migrant worker population.
Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Amar Singh Ishar Singh said the riots in Myanmar have also caused a spate of violence here, leaving four Myanmar men dead and eight others severely injured.
Myanmar has been gripped by religious violence in recent months where Buddhist mobs have gone on the rampage against minority Muslims, including Rohingyas, in the country. The latest bout of rioting took place in the northern city of Lashio, near the Chinese border, last week.
"The religious sentiments (back home) have caught up with Myanmar workers here, leading to both Muslim and Buddhist groups launching heinous attacks on each other in areas with a large number of Myanmar nationals," Amar was quoted as saying to the Sun, a local English daily.
Police have set up a task force to tackle the violence and about 60 Myanmar workers have been detained, he said. Malaysia has some 400,000 Myanmar workers, many of whom are restaurant and construction workers.
"We have called up the leaders from both factions and had a meeting with them today and urged them to advise their people to end the violent clashes," he said yesterday. "The detention of Myanmar nationals, mainly in Sentul and Brickfields, was done to subdue the situation before it becomes worse."
Since May 30, four Myanmar workers have died in four separate incidents after being attacked by men with sticks and parangs. In the latest incident, which happened on Monday, a Myanmar worker was slashed repeatedly behind a car wash centre in the city.
Similar attacks occurred in early April in Indonesia, leaving at least eight people dead and 21 injured. They were caught in fighting between Buddhist and Muslim asylum seekers in a North Sumatra immigration detention centre.
Utusan Malaysia, a Malay-language daily, quoted sources as saying that the police are investigating a group of Myanmar nationals believed to be members of a radical Buddhist movement known as "969", with a mission to killRohingya Muslims here.
"The Myanmar nationals here are alleged to have received VCDs containing killing scenes of the Rohingyas by the Myanmar military to influence them to do the same," Utusan quoted a source as saying. It reported that some Myanmar nationals have been spotted wearing "969" T-shirts around the Kuala Lumpur suburbs of Puchong and Kepong.
Human rights organisations such as UNHCR Malaysia said they were still assessing the fast- moving situation.
Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, president of the Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia, said he has contacted the Myanmar embassy here for intervention but has yet to receive a response.
"It is a tricky situation as many Rohingya Muslims were also persecuted in their home country and that is why they flee," he said.
According to the UNHCR, some 23,000 Rohingyas are registered as refugees in Malaysia, but other NGOs believe there are another 50,000 unregistered refugees here.