Najib: Malaysia to contribute $3.2m towards humanitarian aid for Rohingya

Najib: Malaysia to contribute $3.2m towards humanitarian aid for Rohingya
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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia will contribute RM10 million (S$3.2 million) to assist humanitarian efforts and social rehabilitation projects for the Rohingya community in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who announced the assistance in his speech at the extraordinary session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers on the Rohingya, said the fund would be used to build infrastructure such as educational and medical institutions.

"As a true and long-standing friend of Myanmar, I say this from the bottom of my heart - it is time to end this crisis," said the Prime Minister in his keynote address.

Najib said that the international community, including bodies such as the OIC, must work together to put a stop to the killing of the Rohingya.

Pressure on Myanmar over abuses of Rohingya minority in Rakhine

"The violation of women and girls must stop," said Najib.

The Prime Minister said the persecution of the Rohingya and the denial of their basic rights - just because they were Muslim - must also be stopped.

Najib delivered his speech with OIC secretary-general Dr Yousef Ahmed AL-Othaimeen in attendance.

Also present were foreign ministers and representatives from the OIC's 57 member countries.

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