Chittagong, Bangladesh: The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, has appointed Tan Sri Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar, former Foreign Minister of Malaysia, as his Special Envoy for Burma, according to OIC statement on May 10, published in official website.
Tan Sri Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar, OIC Special Envoy for BurmaThe role of the Special Envoy will be to advance the OIC’s diplomatic efforts with the concerned authorities in Burmese and other regional and international stakeholders to bring about peaceful coexistence and restore inter-communal harmony through dialogue and a comprehensive reconciliation process.
Mr. Albar would use his personal capabilities and vast experiences -An experienced lawyer and statesman, served at the highest levels of government, key positions in the Malaysian Cabinet over the years include Minister for Law, Home Affairs and Defense – in dealing with his new challenging assignment, urged all OIC Member States to extend to him their full support for the success of the mission, the Secretary General expressing with confidence.
Mr. Al-Bar would be boosting smoother diplomatic relations between Burma on one side, regional and international partners on the other in order to achieve “peaceful co-existence and restoring social harmony through a comprehensive dialogue,” Madani said
The Rohingya community also congratulates His Excellency Iyad Amin Madani, the Secretary General of OIC for timely announcement on the appointment of Hamid Albar as OIC Special Envoy to Burma, according to Md. Sadek, program coordinator, the Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC), Malaysia in their statement.
Rohingya people expect that Government of Malaysia would take requiring measure to play the roles peacemaker for rival Burmese societies.
A Rohingya leader said, “We hope that Malaysia and its allies —ASEAN, OIC, USA, European Union and UN and etc. — for all possible constructive engagement towards regional peace and stability, particularly the protection and safer lives of Muslim Rohingya and other Burmese Muslim Communities in Burma are highly desired.”