MAPIM Press Release
9 th October 2012
The Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Societies (MAPIM) vehemently condemns the Myanmar authorities who have literally stood by to allow thousands of Rakhines to cordon , attacked and burnt the biggest mosque in Sittwe (Akyab) yesterday .
This is a direct affront to Muslims and Islam worldwide and the Myanmar government is posing a serious threat to the sanctity of religious monuments in Myanmar.
After all the reminders and call for the Myanmar government to halt the violence , even with President Thien Sein’s recent pledge to resolve the tension when he spoke at the UN General Assembly , has come to nothing except further atrocities executed by the Rahines extremist who are given a free-for-all signal by the government to continue attacking the Rohingya Muslims including Islamic buildings.
We see this as a serious escalation of genocide against cultural and religious co existence and will not be tolerated in a country so called in transition towards democracy.
We demand that the Myanmar government take every measure necessary not only to protect the Rohingya minority , but also to protect and restore all mosques that are destroyed by the Rakhine extremist.
The destruction of mosques as a target is atrocious and will not be accepted . Destroying of mosque as a target is tantamount to declaring war against Islam .
We are concern that the racial conflict has moved towards a religious Buddhist-Muslim clash which will make resolving the tension even more difficult.
While calls has been expressed by many nations and international organizationally for the Myanmar regime to act , however they has indicated no positives measure to keep law and order in most of the affected areas.
We regret the situation has not subsided and incidences of attacks are still on going.
We call on the international community to take the appropriate steps to pressure Myanmar to act in accordance with the international law to protect minority rights of the Rohingya.
Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid
Secretary General MAPIM