MAPIM DEPLORES MYANMAR MONKS LACK OF COMPASSION ON ROHINGYA
Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Societies (MAPIM) and the
Secretariate for The Ulama Assembly of Asia
(SHURA) deplores and regrets the monks in Myanmar declaring their
support to President Thein Sien's policy of driving out all the
remaining Rohingya out of Myanmar.
is a clear contradiction to the teachings of Budhism that gives high
regards to compassion towards fellow human beings as propounded by
Gautama Buddha. The brutality inflicted on the Rohingya by the Rakhine
Buddhist extremist backed by the authorities is a clear violation of all
the teachings of Siddharta the Buddha.
We are surprise by the indifference shown by the
monks in Myanmar who should reflect their spirit of compassion , love
for the oppressed and speaking out against all forms of injustice
MAPIM and SHURA see this as a clear indication of
the deep sitted hatred and politically motivated arrogance that have
been the major motivation amongst Buddhist
Myanmaries to be intolerant against the presence of the Rohingyas
Muslims in Myanmar.
is a stark contradiction to how all Muslim countries have accepted the
presence of Buddhism and their followers to co-exist with the Muslim
community and protecting their civil and religious rights . No Muslim
nations have seen any prosecution done onto any Buddhist temples or
On what grounds have the monks in Myanmar
established their adamant hatred towards Muslim Rohingyas. Sloganing
that the Myanmar motherland must be saved from Rohingya is a call
reflective of an in-build sentiment of hatred and to deny the Rohingya
Muslims not only on their citizenship but also on their dignity as sons
and daughters of an Arakan.
We regret that such pronouncement of hatred and
consenting to brutality on fellow human
beings have polluted the minds of the Buddhist monks in Myanmar
disregarding the basic peace loving tenants and principles of Buddhism.
urge the Buddhist leadership of Myanmar not to be trapped by the
political interest of the military junta who are ever ready to exploit
the conflict into a religious clash between Muslims and Buddhists and
thereby justify their military hold on power . The decades of
suppression on the Rohingya Muslims are essentially a political hegemony
by the military elites to continue their dictatorship on Myanmar.
We call on all peace and justice loving people of
faith worldwide to urge the Myanmar government to restore the
legitimate rights of the Rohingya as citizens of Myanmar and to appeal
to all Buddhist followers of the world to resent the unjust and inhuman
treatment against the Rohingya.
We abhore and register our strong
protest against the Myanmar government for colluding with the Rakhine
Buddhist extremist in their decades of persecution on the Rohingya
Less the Myanmar government is
ready to face a long sectarian conflict and thereby pay a high price of
continous instability , trading off a most needed socio-economic
developemnt for its own people , the harsh treatment towards the
Rohingya and other minorities will not augur well for the long interest
call all religious leaders of Myanmar to prevail upon the Myanmar
government to adopt a policy of humane compassion towards its people and
to protect the rights of all minorities in the country.
Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid
Secretary General MAPIM
Abdul Ghani Samsudin