Malaysia is the Asean country taking the most hardline stance against Myanmar.
Accusing the Burmese junta of crimes against humanity, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah announced yesterday – see Sinchew – that Malaysia will seek to prohibit Asean member Myanmar from attending all ministerial-level meetings held by the regional grouping.
Saifuddin also accused “the junta [of] making a mockery of the 5PC”, referring to the Five Point Consensus on which Asean wants Myanmar’s compliance, i.e a framework demanding Naypyidaw provide humanitarian aid and education for the country’s refugees.
Included in Saifuddin‘s tough talk is his statement that “Malaysia will oppose any election conducted by the junta” which our foreign minister fears may not be a free nor fair exercise should one be held.
The response from Myanmar to Saifuddin will probably be a single word — “whatever”. Myanmar has just extended its state of emergency for another six months and will do its own thing.
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