Myanmar have to return Rohingya: Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Myanmar will have to return Rohingya if ASEAN countries create pressure. Bangladesh is not alone in the Rohingya issue. Malaysia is beside Bangladesh to ensure cooperation and rehabilitation of Rohingyas in Bangladesh. He said that the repression that has emerged in the Rohingya narrative is not acceptable in the present time.

He said this while talking to journalists after visiting Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhaia Kutupalong camp on Monday. He visited the Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar at around 11pm and visited Rohingya’s place and talked to the person he had asked for. Rohingya refugees told him about the horrific killings and torture that took place in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. In response to inhuman behavior in their country, Rohingya refugees giving shelter to humanity in Bangladesh have expressed gratitude. However, Rohingya said that their problems are being spent on various issues including inadequate relief, Rohingya said.

At this time, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said to Rohingyas that Malaysia is also working with Bangladesh for citizenship of Rohingyas to their own country in Myanmar and return Rohingya. Bangladesh has provided shelter to Rohingyas in their many limitations and various adversities. It will be settled peacefully by the refugees. Such people will not be able to secure everything with a country shelter. So Malaysia will establish a field hospital in Camp area for healthcare for the Rohingyas.

He said that the work will start at the very beginning, said that NGO workers working in camps with inspection during the visit.

During this time, the Malaysian Embassy in Bangladesh, senior officials of Cox’s Bazar District and Ukhia Upazila and local-foreign NGO representatives were with him.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrived at Cox’s Bazar International Airport on a special flight from Dhaka around 10am. After visiting Rohingya camp and talking to Rohingya, he is scheduled to leave Bangladesh from Cox’s Bazar airport to Malaysia for the afternoon.

It is to be noted that the Deputy Chief Minister of Malaysia, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on a two-day visit. Later in the evening, he held a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister Mahmud Ali at the state guest house Padma. Ahmad Zahid praised Bangladesh’s role in providing shelter and comprehensive cooperation to Rohingya in the meeting.