24 th March 2013
In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
President , Turkey
Recep Tayyip ERDOGAN
Prime Minister , Turkey
Dr. Ahmet DAVUTOGLU
Minister of Foreign Affairs
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
MAPIM URGENT CALL TO TURKEY TO ACT – STOP KILLINGS OF MUSLIMS IN MYANMAR
Fight the disbelievers untill there is no more Fitna and Islam established as only religion. But if the disbelievers cease fighting, let there be no hostility towards them, except against the Zalimun. (Al Baqarah 193)
His Excellencies , we hope this letter finds you in the best of health and pray that Allah S.W.T guides you in the great amanah to lead the people of Turkey and the ummah to the reassert the supremacy of Islam as examplary leadership .
The Malaysia Consultative Council of Islamic Organizations (MAPIM) calls on the Turkey government to act fast to stop more bloodshed of Muslims in Myanmar .
We are confident that Turkey’s standing in the world Muslim politics has a strong influence to initiate a united respond to the imminent deadly situation in Myanmar.
Turkey had taken the earliest step to send its special delegates including the wife of Prime Minister Tayyib Erdogan during the June 2012 violence to impress upon Myanmar that the violence cannot be allowed to continue and access to extend humanitarian aid must be facilitated by the Myanmar authority.
The recent third wave of violence victimizing the Muslims in Myanmar is now escalating . With the recent unrest , Mapim has received an emergency call by Muslim community in Mandalay to alert the international community to act immediately.
The attacks has now preceeded beyond the Arakan state , meaning there is a widespread attempt to target Muslims in the whole of Myanmar. The situation cannot be allowed to continue without action by the international community.
It was only recently in February 2013 that a mosque and a Muslim religous school was set ablazed in Yangon.
The situation is showing signs of a impending human catastrophy in the making .
The last report of 5 mosque and properties burned to the ground with 20 dead in Mandalay is without doubt a warning call that the situation is moving towards a another scene of bloodbath and additional increase of internal refugees .
On the 20th March 2013 a group of people wearing Buddhist Monks’ saffron robes entered Gold shop belonged to Muslims in Meikh.Hti.La which is near Mandalay and it was reported that the metal brought by the monk-like persons were found to be fake.
Fires were reported following the argument in the gold shop and houses and Mosques were set on fire by unknown but Mongoloid-looking people never seen in that area before.
Works of profiling Muslims and Buddhists by hanging the sign of 969 at the shops and houses of non-Muslims in the Central Myanmar including Yangon have been going on for months and this was spearheaded openly by the people in monks’ clothes and the govt of Union of Myanmar did nothing Buddhists were warned of repercussion for any business transactions with the Muslims since then.
Many deaths were reported along with the devastating accounts of patterns of attack and the authority’s inaction and we are awaiting the final report on the first attack since the 20th Mac.
We are seriously concern that if the situation is not rectified immediately the world will witness a full blown genocide .
The Myanmar authority has not shown any signs of protecting the public . All praises by governments that it has taken measures to improve its democratic process for a free civilian rule is in fact false .
The violence is obviuosly a government backed agresssion against the Muslims. A clear continuation of 3 decades of ethnic cleansing and genocide against Rohingya Muslims in Arakan is now repeating at another scale of massacre.
We are urging the Turkish government not to delay any further.
Its position in taking a leading role in the D8 initiatives should apply its influence on the OIC and the European Union to pressure Myanmar to allow international peace keeping force to intervene.
Mohd Azmi abdul Hamid