Malaysia to Help Burma on Sanctions Review
30 March 2012, KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has promised to help Burma to convince developed countries to review the economic sanctions imposed against the former military-ruled country.
“I have told the President (Thein Sein) that Malaysia will try to convince developed countries to review sanctions against Myanmar (Burma) and if they cannot do it immediately, it should be done in stages,” Najib told Malaysian media at the end of his two-day official visit to Naypyidaw.
Najib said, during the visit, Thein Sein has given the assurance that reforms being implemented in Burma are irreversible and the civilian government is committed towards turning the country into a democratic and inclusive one.
“This visit has been very encouraging and Malaysia is even more confident with the reforms taking place as it shows the country is in transition to a more open, democratic and progressive country.”
“Malaysian companies should not delay their participation in Myanmar’s booming economy,” he said.
Reporting by Thomas Chong