THE "Rohingya Suffering: We Care" forum has called for the setting up of an autonomous commission to investigate the persecution and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar.
Melaka chief minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, said this was among the 10 resolutions passed during the one-day forum on the issue, which was organised by the Organisation of the Islamic World Malay World (DMDI), here today.
"The Commission should be monitored by a world organisation such as Asean, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation or United Nations to seek a resolution for the crisis," he told reporters after opening the forum at the Melaka International Trade Centre.
Also present at the event was International Movement for a Just World (JUST), president, Dr Chandra Muzaffar.
Mohd Ali, who is also DMDI president, said they would be sending a letter to Myanmar President, Thein Sein, urging for the Rohingya to be accepted as citizens of Myanmar and given equal treatment.
Meanwhile, a Melaka Rohingya Fund was launched to assist the ethnic group.
The fund managed to collect RM123,000 from the state's non-governmental organisationson on the first day of its launch.