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Asean Today: Burma Continues Genocide; Malaysia Ignores Rohingya; Brit's Mysterious Fatal  Illness

Asean Today: Burma Continues Genocide; Malaysia Ignores Rohingya; Brit's Mysterious Fatal Illness

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Today Around Southeast Asia

PHUKETWAN recognises the importance of Asean with the Economic Community approaching and marks what's happening around the region with a new column, Asean Today.

Burma ''The Rohingya are faced with two options: stay and face annihilation, or flee,'' said Professor Penny Green, part of a group that recently completed several months research in the Rohingya's home state of Rakhine. ''If we understand genocide to be a process, that is what this is.'' Living death is what the Rohingya have been trying to flee for years.

Malaysia A Serdang MP branded Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's statement regarding the humanitarian crisis involving Rohingya refugees as a ''joke,'' pointing to the country's bad record in human trafficking. ''As long as the Malaysian government refuses to have an honest examination of its policies towards refugees and migrants, our human trafficking record will continue to languish,'' Dr Ong Kian Ming said. Din is a 45-year-old Rohingya man who has been in Malaysia for 24 years. He lives here with his wife, also a Rohingya, and their seven-month-old baby: ''In 1995, I was detained and sent back to Thailand after a few months. Once I was released, I was immediately sold to a group of fishermen. Those were the worst two years of my life.''

Indonesia Indonesia's Vice-President Jusuf Kalla defended his country's handling of migrants stranded at sea, and said that they did not want to go to Indonesia, but wanted to travel to countries such as Australia or Malaysia. The Indonesian navy has rescued another 200 asylum seekers from waters off Aceh. Indonesian military spokesman Major General Fuad Basya said fishermen spotted the people swimming off the coast of northern Aceh on Friday morning.

Cambodia A Glastonbury Festival stage rigger who travelled the world has died mysteriously the day before he was due to fly home to Somerset. Oliver Banks, aged 32, known as Olly, was taken ill in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, and was rushed to hospital by 'tuk-tuk' taxi, but died on the way. Foreign Ministry protection of Indonesian citizens director Lalu Muhammad Iqbal stated on Saturday that the 16 Indonesian migrant workers held at the Dialong Company Ltd. gambling firm in Cambodia would serve as witnesses in a theft case involving their recruiter.

Philippines The Philippines government may soon pass a law banning toddlers from riding as passengers in motorcycles. The move is an attempt to address the rising number of accidents involving young children: ''Children who ride motorcycles are exposed to danger, particularly if they cannot reach the foot peg or embrace the adult riding with them fully for balance.''


dpa Singapore's 156-year-old Botanic Gardens has received a key endorsement in the country's bid for world heritage status. The International Council on Monuments and Sites, which advises Unesco on World Heritage Sites, recommended the gardens without reservation, to become the city-state's first such site.

Vietnam Amid intense international focus on China's construction projects in disputed waters of the South China Sea, new images show Vietnam has also been engaging in land reclamation on two features in the area. Hanoi claims the entire Spratly archipelago, as well as the Paracel islands, which China seized completely in 1974.

Brunei Water pollution is one of the problems faced by Brunei in enhancing the quality of its water resources and ensuring its sustainability for years to come, said an expert during a seminar.


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May God help these desperate people. Obviously, no human with the ability to help them will do so.

Posted by Kazi on May 17, 2015 10:23


Calling on help from the big guns now. While I have no doubt a form of superior being exists due to just how perfect the world is, that perfection also has negative aspects which appear grossly unfair to certain groups of people. Intervention would not be required if this problem did not occur in the first place.
There are 3 different alternatives to be considered.
1. World events, both positive and negative will go on without interference "from above"
2. It is a test for the rest of us as to how we deal with the situation of those less fortunate than ourselves.
3. No superior power exists.
For each alternative there is only one current group that can help and that is us and our governments and in the context of this issue and many other similar, some which are far worse, we constantly fail. Lets also not forget that many of the worlds problems are also caused by religious discrimination against minority groups where extremist action in the name of religion can hardly be considered compassionate.

Posted by Manowar on May 17, 2015 13:48


ASEAN ,UN and OIC should be functional regarding human rights issue. Remaining dysfunctional these organizations could not solve humanitarian crisis like Rohingya people faces today . Save them from GENOCIDE! Save urgent FLOATING PEOPLE. The UN must convene UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING TO IMMEDIATE DEPLOYING FOR UN PEACE KEEPING FORCES .WE HAVE BEEN KNOCKING THE DOOR OF UN SECRETARY GENERAL SINCE JUNE 2012 BUT IN VAIN.

Posted by Maung Kyaw Nu,BRAT on May 18, 2015 03:27

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