0639 GMT August 22, 2019
Addressing thousands of protesters in Kuala Lumpur, Najib Razak said the Myanmar government must stop the bloody crackdown in its far west that has sent thousands of Rohingya fleeing, many with stories of rape, torture and murder.
“What’s the use of Aung San Suu Kyi having a Nobel prize?" Najib asked a raucous crowd, AFP reported
“We want to tell Aung San Suu Kyi, enough is enough... We must and we will defend Muslims and Islam," he said.
"We want the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) to act.
"UN please do something. The world cannot sit by and watch genocide taking place," Najib said to loud cheers from thousands of Muslims, including Rohingya refugees. "The world cannot say it is not our problem. It is our problem," he said.
Najib accused of inaction, saying that she had declared the Rohingya issue off-limits during bilateral discussions.
Malaysia summoned Myanmar's ambassador last week to express concern over the crackdown on Rohingya. It also canceled the national soccer team's friendly under-22 matches with Myanmar in protest.
"How can this be? We should be allowed to discuss everything," he said.
Najib said the persecution of the Rohingya is an insult on Islam. He said he had asked Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to stage a similar rally in Jakarta to put the pressure on Myanmar, because he said the charter of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to which all three countries belong, ensures the protection of human rights.
More than 10,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, the United Nations said on Wednesday, escaping a bloody army crackdown in the north of Rakhine state.
Arrivals in Bangladesh have told horrifying stories of gang rape, torture and murder at the hands of Myanmar's security forces.
Muslim-majority Malaysia has recently upped its criticism of Myanmar for its handling of the crisis.
A senior minister has called on ASEAN to review Myanmar's membership, while a strongly worded statement from the Foreign Ministry Saturday accused Myanmar of engaging in "ethnic cleansing".
The violence in Myanmar is the most serious bloodshed in Rakhine since communal clashes in 2012 that killed hundreds.
Persecution and poverty led thousands of Rohingya to flee Myanmar following attacks by Buddhists on Muslims there four years ago.