11 July 2024

Malaysia will no longer support the leadership of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi over her handling of the Rohingya crisis in her country, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, The Start of Malaysia reported.

In an interview with Turkish international news channel TRT World,  Mahathir said Suu Kyi seemed to be a “changed person” in over the plight of the Rohingya people.

“Over this issue, she seems to be a changed person. She did not want to say anything against the action taken by the military against the Rohingyas. So, we make (it) quite clear that we don’t really support her anymore,” he told host Ghida Fakhry.

Mahathir also admitted that he had lost all faith in her.

He added that when Suu Kyi was under house arrest, Malaysia had campaigned to get her released.

However, he said when he had recently written to Suu Kyi, he did not even receive a reply from her, and thus felt “very disappointed”.

“We have complained about the treatment of the Rohingyas to the world. In fact, we have ourselves received quite a lot of Rohingya people in our country,”  said Mahathir who was in New York to address the UN General Assembly.

He had criticised the authorities in Myanmar and Suu Kyi for denying that the Rohingya people were being murdered, and their homes torched, forcing over a million refugees to flee.