Malaysia de­bates pulling out of Suzuki Cup

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MALAYSIA are con­sid­er­ing pulling out of the Suzuki Cup co-hosted by Myan­mar in protest over Myan­mar’s crack­down on eth­nic Ro­hingya Mus­lims, a se­nior Malaysian of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

A with­drawal by Mus­lim­ma­jor­ity Malaysia from the ASEAN Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion’s (AFF) Suzuki Cup, which be­gan on Satur­day, would run counter to the 10-mem­ber As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions’ long-stand­ing pol­icy of non-in­ter­fer­ence.

“I raised this issue in Cabi­net last week. Will do so again this week and stand guided by de­ci­sion,” Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din said on Twit­ter yes­ter­day.

That came in re­sponse to a call by a state Is­lamic cleric for Malaysia to pull out of the tour­na­ment, which is co­hosted with the Philip­pines.

Cabi­net is ex­pected to meet to­mor­row.

Malaysia were beaten 1-0 by Viet­nam in Yangon yes­ter­day.

The con­flict in north­west­ern Rakhine state has sent hun­dreds of Ro­hingya Mus­lims flee­ing to Bangladesh and poses a se­ri­ous chal­lenge to No­bel peace prize win­ner Aung San Suu Kyi, who swept to power last year on prom­ises of na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Myan­mar sol­diers have poured into the Maung­daw area in Rakhine state since Oct. 9, af­ter an in­sur­gent group of Ro­hingyas that the gov­ern­ment be­lieves has links to Is­lamists over­seas launched at­tacks on sev­eral bor­der guard posts. – Reuters

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