FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER URGED TO ACT FOR SUSPENSION OF MYANMAR ASEAN'S MEMBERSHIP
Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau
30 March 2021
KOTA KINABALU: The president of the United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (UPKO) has urged Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on behalf of the Malaysian Government to promptly demand the suspension of Myanmar as a member of ASEAN.
The Tuaran MP said there has been total silence on the part of the minister to the joint statement signed by him and 55 other Malaysian MPs as well as three senators urging ASEAN member governments to suspend Myanmar's membership.
They were calling for the suspension until and unless the military junta stops killing protesters.
"Today I wish to reiterate that stand in the light of the latest brutal killings by the Junta.
"We Members of Parliament will continue to pursue the stand in that joint statement until those concerned acts on it," he said in a statement today.
"In the light of the latest situation in Myanmar, the call to Hishamudin as our Minister of Foreign Affairs to respond and act is getting louder by the day especially when the chief of Defence from 10 countries have issued a joint statement condemning the state-sponsored violence in Myanmar."
At least 114 people including children were killed by the Myanmar junta on March 27, raising the total casualties of protesters killed to over 400.