Four Dead As Burma Violence Spills Into Malaysia-Police

Burma Muslims living in Malaysia show placards during a demonstration against the killings of Muslims in Meikhtila, in Kuala Lumpur on March 25, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Burma Muslims living in Malaysia show placards during a demonstration against the killings of Muslims in Meikhtila, in Kuala Lumpur on March 25, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

KUALA LUMPUR — Ethnic violence in Burma between Muslims and Buddhists appears to have spilled over into Malaysia, police said on Wednesday, with four killings in recent days suspected to be linked to the religious tension.

All the victims, including a man slashed to death by machete-wielding attackers at a car wash in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, this week, were Buddhists from Burma, said the city’s deputy police chief Amar Sing Ishar Singh.

“We have a feedback that this may be Myanmar Buddhists and Muslims having a spillover here in Kuala Lumpur,” he told Reuters. “In Myanmar, the Muslims are the victims, over here the Buddhists are the victims.”

Singh said the police had set up a special task force to deal with the violence in Kuala Lumpur and had arrested about 60 Burma immigrants this week in an attempt to control tensions.

Malaysia’s Bernama state news agency said the 20-year-old victim was sleeping at the car wash when he was attacked by 10 people. It quoted police as saying a man and a woman also suffered injuries in the attack.

Police did not give details of the other attacks.

Anti-Muslim violence in Buddhist-dominated Burma erupted in western Arakan State last year and has spread into the central heartlands and areas near the old capital, Rangoon, this year.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled from the country to escape the violence and worsening living conditions, many of them making their way by boat or overland to Muslim-majority Malaysia. Malaysia has allowed them to stay but without giving them legal status, meaning that most struggle to find work or access to hospitals and schools.

The total number of Burma immigrants in Malaysia is estimated at about 400,000. The UN refugee agency says about 23,000 Rohingyas are registered as refugees in Malaysia, but groups representing them say the real number of Muslim immigrants is much higher and has surged this year because of the violence.

In April, Muslim and Buddhist refugees from Burma clashed at a refugee camp in Indonesia in a riot in which eight people were killed and 15 were wounded, media reported.

5 Responses to Four Dead As Burma Violence Spills Into Malaysia-Police

  1. ( Muslim man allegedly poured gasoline on a Buddhist woman to set her fire ). If this thing happens in Islamic country, definitely Muslim man will put to death by hanging of their Under Muslim Sharia law. Now they are lucky in Myanmar. We have to carefully deal with those Muslim next time. They can be very dangerous to our nation and our nationality.

  2. Please put these deaths into the list of U Wirathu’s achievement whose sermon is hatred. Unfortunately, many more to come! It is too naive to think that there won’t be consequences when violent thugs run amok attacking Muslims in Burma. Hatred begets hatred.

    • @Peacefulmyanmar
      How cynical and onesided you are!
      It is an undeniable fact that the most aggressive religious followers on earth are Moslems.
      non-Islamic minorities in Islamic countries have suffered a lot of and have made utmost negative experience.
      Thousands and thousands of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews have been killed by fanatic Moslems, just for the reason being members of other religions. Islam nowadays is the most disliked religion worldwide. And the reasons are not unfounded.
      Even in tolerant and generous Europe, incl.Germany, the “Religion of Peace”, as many Moslems like to call their faith, has become extremely unpopular among the vast majority of Europeans. Almost daily there is trouble with Islamic organizations, Islamic sympathisers of terrorism, Islamic fanatics etc. Many Europeans/Germans ask themselves why there are only problems with Islamic people but never with followers of other religions. Something must be wrong with ISLAM !!! Or again the mistake of ALL THE OTHERS (non-Moslems), who represent 80 % under the sun ?

  3. Stop using Buddhist, Muslim in the ugly sectarian clashes. Instead use Bama- Kalah. How do you know a boy, who was hit by a car, was a Buddhist and how do you know the driver was a Muslim?

  4. Religion begets hatred. I rest my case (once again)…

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