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International pressure must now reign on Myanmar on the military coup that took place today.

Myanmar army cannot be allowed to continue its persecution on Rohingyas and other minorities which it had brutally exterminated by the thousands of the defenseless Rohingya throughout its years of the junta regime from 1962.

Suu Kyi, the President of NLD, should now learn that all these years from 2010, the army was not genuine in its commitment to democracy and has always been eying on the opportunity to launch the coup and resume their suppressive military rule on Myanrmar. 

They gave in to democracy with an agenda intending to loosen the international sanction on the regime but at the same time strenghthen their position  by ensuring they hold a guaranteed 25% seats in the parliament.

Throughout the NLD majority rule, Suu Kyi was never free to lead the nation and had to comply with the military brutality on the minorities.

Suu Kyi has lost her human rights agenda and allowed and justified the ethnic cleansing and brutal massacre of the Rohingya populace by the Myanmar tatmadaw (Myanmar arm forces). Suu Kyi had lost her credibility as the beacon of democracy..

The coup shocked the world at a time when all focuss were on the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The military alledged fraudulent practices in the November 2020 general election to justify the coup but the huge landslide victory of NLD could not have overturn the result if a proper investigation is carried out.

Suu Kyi now will have to refer for international intervention. However she will not be able to carry the banner of human rights protection, because she had betrayed the humanitarian principles of justice for the protection of the minorities in Myanmar.

Suu Kyi had let down the Rohingyas by defending the tatmadaw in the ICJ for their suppression and genocidal intend on the Rohingya.

We call the international community to act against the coup and demand for the reversal to the civil rule as mandated by the will of the people in the November 2020 election.

We however register our protest against the election that had excluded the Rohingyas from the electoral process.

The coup is unjustified as any discrepancies in the election should have been brought to the court and not return to the military rule.

We express great concern as the regional stability in the Asean region should not be compromised. Myanmar army has always defended its murderous actions against the Rohingyas as an internal affair. This we reject strongly as the turmoil in Myanmar has affected the regional peace due to the exodus of the victims from Myanmar.

We are consistent in our condemnation on the genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas by the tatmadaw. The coup cannot be accepted and we reject it strongly. 

We call for the protection of the people especially the minorities in Myanmar which the tatmadaw will usually be targetting. The vulnarable minorities are easy targets for the military regime.

The remaining 600,000 Rohingyas in Rakhine state of which more than 200,000 are in the IDP camps, are now all victims of the clash between the Myanmar army and the Arakan Army.

UNSC must convene before another wave of genocide of Rohingyas will be launched by the military.

Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid
President MAPIM

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