Smoke from houses burnt by Rohingya militants in Maungdaw township in Rakhine State in Myanmar. (Pix by AFP)

BAGAN DATUK: Malaysia today urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to tackle the Rohingya conflict and restore the country's image.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Suu Kyi must take measures to restore order and clear her name following the terror attacks on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state.

"The international community had repeated its warning, with the United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as well as Muslim countries, extending assistance to the Rohingya, but the problem persists.

"I hope this matter is handled seriously without practising double-standards based on religion. Humanity issues should not be made a religious or political issue. It must be addressed once and for all.

"Malaysia does not intend to be a receiving country for refugees as it would lead to an influx of Rohingya here.

"We are working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) to ensure that refugee cards are not issued indiscriminately.

"We don't want Malaysians to face the burden of political and social problems due to the flooding of refugees here," he told a press conference after handing over of cattle for Qurban (sacrificial) ritual in conjunction with the coming Raya Aidiladha to representatives of community leaders, government agencies and non-governmental organisations, here today.

The government's stand on refugees, he said, was not due to lack of compassion but rather based on priority placed on Malaysians and their wellbeing.

The stateless Rohingya in Rakhine had been the target of terror attacks, forcing them to flee their homes.

AFP reported that some 2,000 displaced Rohingya women and children are now gathered at the border but were denied entry into Bangladesh, leaving them without shelter.

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