Myanmar to retaliate, hold solidarity rally for Malaysia’s suffering Orang Asli
YANGON: Today Malaysian foreign officials were shocked to hear Asean-partner Myanmar would be holding their own, well-publicised mass solidarity rally to defend Malaysia’s displaced Orang Asli next week.
“These Gua Musang Orang Asli who should be given their own forest reserves by the government, have been driven from their ancestral forest lands by timber loggers,” said a Burmese protester, “this solidarity protest isn’t about meddling in Malaysian domestic affairs, it’s about upholding human rights!”
However Myanmar opposition leaders claim the Malaysian Orang Asli solidarity rally, particularly if leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attends, will become politicised to divert international attention away from other scandals such as the plight of their own persecuted Muslim Rohingya.
“What can we say?” said spokesman from the Myanmar President’s Office, Aung Htut, “Instead of protesting against Malaysia, we could focus on treating our Rohingya better, but it’s always easier to point out injustice in someone else’s backyard isn’t it?”