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Jakarta Post

[COMMENTARY] Initiating an ASEAN mini summit on Myanmar

  • Kornelius Purba


Jakarta   /   Mon, February 8 2021   /  01:00 am
A protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on Feb. 7.(AFP/Ye Aung THU)

You may roar with laughter if I insist that last week’s meeting between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his guest, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, could serve as an effective moment for ASEAN to prove to the world its crucial role in pressing Myanmar’s junta to restore civil supremacy. You may have a long list of reasons to support your argument that ASEAN will fail, but I bet you will be wrong. Why do I dare to predict that the military junta’s rule will not last long? Because of its track record, especially in abusing minorities, including the Rohingya Muslims. President Jokowi and PM Muhyiddin instructed their foreign ministers, Retno LP Marsudi and Hishammuddin Hussein respectively, to organize a special ASEAN meeting on Myanmar. First and foremost, they were asked to work with Brunei as the rotating chair of the regional grouping thi...