KUALA LUMPUR (WBHnews) – Malaysia on Thursday defended a gathering between its ambassador to Myanmar and a consultant from the navy authorities, after criticism that it was recognition of the junta amid a brutal crackdown on protesters.
Over 600 have been in killed by safety forces in Myanmar for the reason that junta seized energy from the elected authorities of Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1.
Malaysia, together with Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore, has expressed alarm over the killings of demonstrators and has mentioned it helps an pressing high-level assembly of Southeast Asian leaders in regards to the Myanmar disaster.
Nevertheless it got here beneath hearth on Monday after photos circulated on social media of its Myanmar envoy Zahairi Baharim assembly with the junta’s electrical energy and power minister Aung Than Oo.
Malaysia’s international ministry mentioned the assembly was held to convey to Myanmar that an power venture had been suspended by Malaysian state oil agency Petronas, which final week declared drive majeure on a Myanmar venture because of depletion of gasoline manufacturing.
The ministry didn’t establish by identify or place who the envoy met. It solely referred to a gathering on the ministry of electrical energy and power.
“The assembly doesn’t construe a recognition or in any other case of the State Administration Council,” the international ministry mentioned in a press release, referring to the junta.
Malaysia mentioned its place on Myanmar has remained constant and that it has known as for a peaceable settlement of the continued disaster.
Kuala Lumpur was additionally criticised in February when it agreed to a junta supply to take again over 1,000 Myanmar nationals detained in Malaysia.
Diplomats had then mentioned Malaysia’s acceptance of the supply was recognising the navy authorities and rights teams raised considerations in regards to the presence of asylum seekers among the many deportees.
Reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi; Enhancing by Martin Petty