Putrajaya will no longer support Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi following her inaction against the poor treatment of Rohingyas in her country, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said.
In an interview with Istanbul-based TRT World, Dr Mahathir admitted that he has “lost all faith” in Suu Kyi, report agencies.
“Over this issue, she seems to be a changed person. She does not want to say anything against the action taken by the military on this Rohingyas
“So we have made it quite clear that we don’t really support her anymore,” Dr Mahathir told host Ghida Fakhry at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Dr Mahathir said he was very disappointed that the Myanmar state counsellor did not reply the letter he wrote over the issue, considering Putrajaya had worked towards her subsequent release from house arrest.
When asked whether Malaysia will call on other countries to act on Myanmar, the prime minister said Malaysia has spoken up about the issue. “We have complained about the treatment of Rohingyas to the world. In fact, we have received quite a lot of Rohingya people in our country,” he said.
In his address to the 73rd UN General Assembly last week, Dr Mahathir had slammed the Myanmar government and Suu Kyi over the massacre of Rohingyas. He also questioned why the rest of the world has stayed largely silent on the issue.
A brutal military campaign drove more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh, where they now live in cramped refugee camps.
Many have given accounts of extrajudicial killings, sexual violence and arson.
Early this month, a United Nations fact-finding mission on Myanmar found “crimes against humanity have been committed against the Rohingya” and that these acts were sanctioned by top Myanmar military commanders.