Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 November 2019

Fight for Rohingya rights goes on, despite the world’s apathy

Our readers have their say about the Rohingya, Saif Al Ghurair and Emirati paramedics

Rohingya refugees at an event to mark the two-year anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted their exodus from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Munir Ur Zaman / AFP
Rohingya refugees at an event to mark the two-year anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted their exodus from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Munir Ur Zaman / AFP

I refer to your coverage of the ongoing plight of the Rohingya: August 25 was the Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day, a day that marks a black chapter in the history of the world; the day that everyone failed the Rohingya, by failing to stop the Rohingya genocide.

This anniversary is not for the Rohingya alone to remember, but one that the rest of the world must also dwell on. It marks the failure of each and everyone of us and will go down in the history books.

The Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (MERHROM) condemns the Myanmar government for committing this crime against humanity – the genocideof stateless ethnic minority Rohingya. All our rights were taken away by the very state that was supposed to protect us.

Today we feel we have been ignored. The genocide is still ongoing, without any sign it will end.

Our organisation, MERHROM, stand with all the Rohingya who lost family members and everything they owned.

We will continue to fight for our rights, even though the world seems to be silent.

Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani, president, Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia

Saif Al Ghurair was a legend throughout the Arab world

With reference to your story Tributes pour in after Saif Al Ghurair, pioneering Dubai businessman, dies (August 27), the demise of the 95-year-old magnate is a great loss to the Arab world as well as to the business community in Dubai.

In Dubai, tourists who visit the older part of the city never miss an opportunity to go to his great mall, the Al Ghurair Centre. Three decades ago, it was the talk of the town – a mall to beat all malls.

Then there is Masafi, the popular bottled drinking water company he started in the UAE. This stalwart and his Al Ghurair Group employ thousands of employees, among them a considerable number of Indian overseas workers.

Whenever I visit Dubai and back when I was working in the UAE, I would always grab an opportunity to meet clients and friends in the Al Ghurair Centre.

I pray for the late business legend, a true Rockefeller of the Arab world.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Let’s honour the Emirati women doing great work

Regarding your online video Meet the Emirati women saving lives (August 28), it’s a very stressful job and they are so young. Respect to these women.

Kristina Margit, Dubai

They are doing a great job. Keep it up ladies!

Name withheld by request

Updated: August 28, 2019 09:25 PM

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