Doing nothing will worsen Rohingya crisis

The world watched with much expectation when Ms Aung San Suu Kyi spoke on the violence in Rakhine state last Tuesday.

However, she made only a superficial statement that the Myanmar government would do its part, and did not even mention the name "Rohingyas".

Many feel that Ms Suu Kyi has been a letdown. The United Nations has even expressed its unhappiness with the inaction of the Myanmar government.

Resigning ourselves, as a global society, to the fact that the de facto leader can only do so much is not a healthy attitude (Only so much Suu Kyi can do, by Mr Francis Cheng; Sept 26).

Half a million stateless people would be left to their own destiny, or the burden passed to neighbouring countries.

If we take the stance that things will improve slowly on their own as time passes, they would only get worse and would soon be beyond repair.

Yes, the Rohingya crisis is a century-old problem, stemming from the time of colonial rule and burgeoning post-independence. There may not be a silver bullet.

The United Nations and other countries can only put diplomatic pressure, but it is for the leaders within the country to take a stance with conviction.

Ramamurthy Mahesh Kumar

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2017, with the headline 'Doing nothing will worsen Rohingya crisis'. Print Edition | Subscribe