Anwar Ibrahim, who’s in line to become Malaysia’s next premier, blasted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s treatment of the Rohingya and called for formal talks on China’s crackdown against its Muslim minority.
“I was appalled by the attitude of Suu Kyi these days,” Anwar said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Sophie Kamaruddin in Hong Kong. “Buddhists, Muslims, Christians all supported her. Why must she continue to be seen to be condoning crimes against the minority?”
The United Nations has said the treatment of Rohingya in Buddhist-majority Myanmar may amount to genocide, a report that Suu Kyi’s government has rejected. The crisis, which has seen more than 700,000 minority Muslims in Myanmar flee to Bangladesh, didn’t even make it onto the agenda of an Asian leaders meeting in Nepal last month.