Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaqub has expressed dissatisfaction with the UN Security Council’s activities regarding the ongoing political crisis in Myanmar.

Ismail Sabri Yakub addressed the United Nations General Assembly last Friday (September 23). News Al Jazeera.

The Prime Minister of Malaysia said in his speech that the UN Security Council has not taken any drastic action on the crisis in Myanmar. He termed such a move by the Security Council as ‘very regrettable’.

He also said that the Security Council has folded its hands on the Myanmar issue. And this issue is left to ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).

Myanmar was given five conditions by ASEAN. But he expressed disappointment as there was no effective progress in implementing them on the part of the Myanmar government. He also pointed out that in the current situation, ASEAN’s five proposals cannot continue.

Last year, the five-point proposal was made after the meeting of ASEAN leaders in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Myanmar Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing was present in that meeting.

Asean’s five points say—

1. All parties to the conflict in Myanmar shall immediately abandon the path of violence and exercise utmost restraint.

2. All concerned parties should initiate constructive dialogue to find ways to solve the problem in a peaceful manner in the interest of the people.

3. The Special Envoy of the Chairman of the Alliance, assisted by the Secretary General of ASEAN, will mediate the dialogue.

4. ASEAN to provide humanitarian aid to Myanmar.

5. Special envoys and delegations from ASEAN will visit Myanmar to hold talks with the conflicting parties.

The Malaysian government has always been vocal about tough measures against Myanmar’s junta government.

On the Rohingya issue, the Prime Minister of Malaysia said, despite not being a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Status Convention and the 1967 Protocol, it has sheltered nearly two lakh Rohingya refugees for humanitarian reasons.

He also accused Myanmar’s junta government of war crimes as well as sexual violence, torture, and deliberate killing of civilians.

(September 24)