Authority prohibits demonstration in front of Malaysian Embassy

( Yangon, 16 June 2013) : The Burmese authority has prohibited any protest programme in front of the Malaysian Embassy in Yangon for the time being. Myanmar Social Development Network (MSDN) applied for the permission to lodge a protest, which was rejected by the authority on Friday.

Red-Roses-at-Malaysia-Embassy-YangonKo Thet Naing of MSDN informed that the police superintend of Dagon township police station did not allow to hold the protest programme against the Malaysia government staging demonstrations in front of their embassy in the former Burmese capital.

Responding to the MSDN application, the police officials asserted that the protest programme would be ill-timed, as some high ranking Burmese administrators including deputy foreign minister U Zin Yaw and deputy social security minister Daw  Win Maw Tun are visiting  Malaysia to solve the problem related to the migrant Burmese in that country.

It is understood that at least seven Burmese migrants have been killed and 10 others got injuries, when local gangs started attacking the migrants in different parts of Malaysia since May 30 this year.

“We wish the Burmese migrants taking shelter in Malaysia also get equal rights as the other foreigners (in Malaysia) enjoy there. Our (Burmese) people should also get the security as the other do. That is why we wanted to stage a peaceful protest in front of their embassy in Yangon,” said the MSDN  leader Thet Naing.

The protest programe was scheduled to start at 10:30 am on Saturday (June 15),  but the plan was cancelled after the police denied permissions. Few youths came to the front of the Malaysian Embassy with an aim to join in the protest, but soon they left the location, a witness said.

Another MSDN activist Ko Nay Myo Zin argued that the condition of Burmese people living in Malaysia remains pathetic and it would only deteriorate in future if proper initiatives are not taken on time.